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Blatonite

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Formula:
(UO2)CO3 · H2O
System:
Hexagonal
Colour:
Canary yellow.
Lustre:
Silky
Hardness:
2 - 3
Name:
For Dr. Norbert Blaton (1945-), crystallographer at the University of Leuven, Belgium, a specialist on the crystal structure of uranium minerals.
A secondary uranium mineral.
Chemically, simple uranyl(VI) carbonate monohydrate.

Classification of Blatonite

Approved 1997
5.EB.10

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
E : Uranyl Carbonates
B : UO2:CO3 = 1:1
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First Recorded Occurrence of Blatonite

Physical Properties of Blatonite

Silky
Colour:
Canary yellow.
Streak:
White
Hardness (Mohs):
2 - 3

Crystallography of Blatonite

Crystal System:
Hexagonal

Optical Data of Blatonite

Type:
Uniaxial (+)
RI values:
nω = 1.588 nε = 1.612
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.024
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate

Chemical Properties of Blatonite

Formula:
(UO2)CO3 · H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Blatonite to other Species

5.EB.05Rutherfordine(UO2)CO3
5.EB.15Joliotite(UO2)CO3 · nH2O
5.EB.20Bijvoetite-(Y)(Y,Dy)2(UO2)4(CO3)4(OH)6 · 11H2O

Other Names for Blatonite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Blatonit
Spanish:Blatonita

Other Information

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

References for Blatonite

Reference List:
Canadian Mineralogist: 36: 1077-1081.

Internet Links for Blatonite

Localities for Blatonite

(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Karlovy Vary Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
Jakub Plášil
USA
 
  • Utah
    • San Juan Co.
      • White Canyon District
        • White Canyon
Can.Min.(1998) 36, 1077-1081; Min News 14:10 p 4,4,7; Min Rec 30 pp231-238
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