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Agrinierite

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Formula:
K
 
2
(Ca,Sr)(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
·5H
 
2
O
System:OrthorhombicColour:Orange
Name:Named in 1972 by Fabien P. Cesbron, W. L. Brown, Pierre Bariand, and Jacques Geffroy in honor of Henri Agrinier [1928-1971], an engineer in the Mineralogy Laboratory of the French Atomic Energy Commission, Paris, France.
This page provides mineralogical data about Agrinierite.

Classification of Agrinierite

IMA status:Approved 1971
Strunz 8th edition ID:4/H.02-10
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:4.GB.05

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
G : Uranyl Hydroxides
B : With additional cations (K, Ca, Ba, Pb, etc.); with mainly UO2(O,OH)5 pentagonal polyhedra
Dana 8th edition ID:5.5.1.1

5 : OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
5 : AX3O10·xH2O
Hey's CIM Ref.:7.16.13

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
16 : Oxides of U
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Type Occurrence of Agrinierite

Type Locality:Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
Place of Conservation of Type Material:University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris; National School of Mines, Paris, France; National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA, 137454.
Geological Setting of type material:oxidation zone of a uranium deposit
Associated Minerals at type locality:
UranophaneGummite

Physical Properties of Agrinierite

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent, Translucent
Colour:Orange
Cleavage:Distinct/Good
on {001}
Density (measured):5.7 g/cm3
Density (calculated):5.55 g/cm3

Crystallography of Agrinierite

Crystal System:Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:a = 14.04Å, b = 24.07Å, c = 14.13Å
Ratio:a:b:c = 0.583 : 1 : 0.587
Unit Cell Volume:V 4,775.13 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:16
Morphology:Crystals tabular on {001}, pseudohexagonal in section
Twinning:Sector twins with composition plane {110}
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
d-spacingIntensity
2.023 (s)
3.128 (vvs)
3.153 (vs)
3.485 (vs)
3.516 (s)
6.05 (ms)
7.08 (vvs)
Comments:Sample from the type locality

Optical Data of Agrinierite

Type:Biaxial (-)
Dispersion:relatively weak

Chemical Properties of Agrinierite

Formula:
K
 
2
(Ca,Sr)(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
·5H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:K2(Ca,Sr)(UO2)3O3(OH)2·5H2O
Essential elements:Ca, H, K, O, U
All elements listed in formula:Ca, H, K, O, Sr, U
Analytical Data:Sample from Margnac Mine, France
Analytical results by electron microprobe, water by thermogravimetry (TGA)
Empirical formula based on three uranium and ten oxygen atoms per formula unit
UO3 (85.15)
CaO (2.20)
SrO (2.05)
K2O (3.35)
H2O (7.45)

sum 100.20 wt.-%
Empirical Formula:
(Ca
 
0.40
K
 
0.36
Sr
 
0.20
)
 
Σ=0.96
U
 
3.00
O
 
10
· 4.17H
 
2
O

Relationship of Agrinierite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
4.GB.05Compreignacite
K
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 7H
 
2
O
4.GB.05Rameauite
K
 
2
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
(OH)
 
16
· H
 
2
O
4.GB.10Becquerelite
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 8H
 
2
O
4.GB.10Billietite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 4-8H
 
2
O
4.GB.10Protasite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.15Richetite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
5
· 4H
 
2
O
4.GB.20Bauranoite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· 1-2H
 
2
O
4.GB.20Calciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 5H
 
2
O
4.GB.20Metacalciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb,K
 
2
)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
4.GB.25Fourmarierite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
3
(OH)
 
4
· 4H
 
2
O
4.GB.30Wölsendorfite
(Pb,Ca)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
4.GB.35Masuyite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.40Metavandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· nH
 
2
O n < 12
4.GB.40Vandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· 12H
 
2
O
4.GB.45Vandenbrandeite
Cu(UO
 
2
)(OH)
 
4
4.GB.50Sayrite
Pb
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
5
O
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
4.GB.55Curite
Pb
 
3
(UO
 
2
)
 
8
O
 
8
(OH)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.60Iriginite
(UO
 
2
)Mo
 
2
O
 
7
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.65Uranosphaerite
Bi(UO
 
2
)O
 
2
(OH)
4.GB.70Holfertite
Ca
 
x
U
6+
2-x
Ti(O
 
8-x
OH
 
4x
) · 3H
 
2
O
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
7.16.1Uraninite
UO
 
2
7.16.2Schoepite
(UO
 
2
)
 
8
O
 
2
(OH)
 
12
· 12H
 
2
O
7.16.3Paraschoepite
UO
 
3
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.4Metaschoepite
UO
 
3
· 1-2H
 
2
O
7.16.5Metastudtite
UO
 
4
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.6Studtite
[(UO
 
2
)(O
 
2
)(H
 
2
O)
 
2
] · H
 
2
O
7.16.7Ianthinite
U
4+
 
(UO
 
2
)
 
5
O
 
7
· 10H
 
2
O
7.16.8Compreignacite
K
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 7H
 
2
O
7.16.9Vandenbrandeite
Cu(UO
 
2
)(OH)
 
4
7.16.10Roubaultite
Cu
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
3
(OH)
 
10
· 5H
 
2
O
7.16.11Becquerelite
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 8H
 
2
O
7.16.12Rameauite
K
 
2
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
(OH)
 
16
· H
 
2
O
7.16.14Protasite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
7.16.15Billietite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 4-8H
 
2
O
7.16.16Bauranoite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· 1-2H
 
2
O
7.16.17Metacalciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb,K
 
2
)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.18Calciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 5H
 
2
O
7.16.19Orthobrannerite
U
4+
 
U
6+
 
Ti
 
4
O
 
12
(OH)
 
2
7.16.20Thorutite
(Th,U,Ca)Ti
 
2
(O,OH)
 
6
7.16.21Davidite-(La)
(La,Ce)(Y,U,Fe)(Ti,Fe)
 
20
(O,OH)
 
38
7.16.22Davidite-(Ce)
(Ce,La)(Y,U,Fe)(Ti,Fe)
 
20
(O,OH)
 
38
7.16.23Brannerite
(U
4+
 
,REE,Th,Ca)(Ti,Fe
3+
 
,Nb)
 
2
(O,OH)
 
6
7.16.24Fourmarierite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
3
(OH)
 
4
· 4H
 
2
O
7.16.25Richetite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
5
· 4H
 
2
O
7.16.26Curite
Pb
 
3
(UO
 
2
)
 
8
O
 
8
(OH)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O
7.16.27Masuyite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
7.16.28Vandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· 12H
 
2
O
7.16.29Metavandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· nH
 
2
O n < 12
7.16.30Sayrite
Pb
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
5
O
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
7.16.31Wölsendorfite
(Pb,Ca)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.32Clarkeite
(Na,Ca,Pb)(UO
 
2
)O(OH) · 0-1H
 
2
O
7.16.33Uranosphaerite
Bi(UO
 
2
)O
 
2
(OH)

Other Names for Agrinierite

Synonyms:
IMA1971-046
Other Languages:
German:Agrinierit
Italian:Agrinierite
Latvian:Agrinierīts
Russian:Агриньерит
Spanish:Agrinierita

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Agrinierite

Reference List:

- +
Cesbron, F., Brown, W. L., Bariand, P. and Geffroy, J. (1972): Rameauite and Agrinierite, two new hydrated complex uranyl oxides from Margnac, France. Mineralogical Magazine 38, 781-789. - American Mineralogist (1973) 58, 805 (abstract).

Cahill, C. L. and Burns, P. C. (2000): The structure of agrinierite, a Sr containing uranyl oxide hydrate mineral. American Mineralogist 85, 1294-1297.

Anthony, J. W., Bideaux, R. A., Bladh, K. W. and Nichols, M. C. (1997): Handbook of Mineralogy, Volume 3: Halides, Hydroxides, Oxides. Mineral Data Publishing (Tucson, AZ), 6.

Burns, P. C. (2005): U6+ minerals and inorganic compounds: insights into an expanded structural hierarchy of crystal structures. Canadian Mineralogist 43, 1839-1894.

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      • Haute-Vienne
        • Compreignac
    Min.Mag.(1972) 38, 781-789
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