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Florian Baur's Photo Gallery

CL3-7D1Studtite : [(UO2)(O2)(H2O)2]·H2O, Uranophane : Ca(UO2)2(SiO3OH)2·5H2O

Krunkelbach Valley Uranium deposit, Menzenschwand, St Blasien, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Dimensions: 55 mm x 60 mm x 55 mm
Field of View: 15 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 5 mm

This is pale yellow Studtite and canary yellow Uranophane. The Studtite was EDX analyzed and has formed hairlike needles 2-3 µm in diameter that are loosely covering the Uranophane tufts. The Studtite patch is about 10 mm long which is quite rich for the species.

Studtite is the only known peroxide mineral. It is assumed to form when a radioactive mineral (in this case Uranophane) is covered by a thin layer of water. The radiation causes the water to form a few H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) molecules. If left undisturbed over thousands of years eventually enough H2O2 has formed to combine with uranium and yield Studtite.

This genesis would explain why the Studtite is covering the Uranophane.
Copyright: © Florian Baur      Photo ID: 714439     Uploaded by: Florian Baur   View Count: 97   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2869 x 2148 pixels (6.2 Mpix)

8TL-GJLFrancevillite : Ba(UO2)2(VO4)2·5H2O, Curienite : Pb(UO2)2(VO4)2·5H2O, Mounanaite : PbFe3+2(VO4)2(OH,F)2

Mounana Mine, Franceville, Haut-Ogooué Province, Gabon

Dimensions: 8 cm x 6 cm x 2 cm
Field of View: 30 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 3 mm

Here Mounana Mine's common association of Francevillite (orange), Curienite (yellow) and Mounanaite (black) can be seen.

I couldn't capture the vivid color of the Francevillite crystals, in reality it's more orange and contrasts strongly with the yellow Curienite.

The specimen is ex Tom McKee.
Copyright: © Florian Baur      Photo ID: 699339     Uploaded by: Florian Baur   View Count: 80   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3872 x 2592 pixels (10.0 Mpix)

HU5-AW1Baryte (Var: Radian Barite) : (Ba,Ra)SO4

Lahošť, Duchcov, Ústí Region, Czech Republic

Dimensions: 20 mm x 40 mm x 20 mm

Yellow-brown, somewhat translucent Radian Barite crystals to 5 mm on matrix. On one of the crystals a small patch of a yellow powdery mineral is visible.


Radian Barite is Barite BaSO4 with some of the Barium being replaced by Radium: (Ba,Ra)SO4.

Radium has a half life of 1600 years. It's decay products - Radon and Polonium, among others - are very short-lived, from a few days down to µs. The decay chain stops shortly after when stable 210-Lead is formed. That means after only about 8000 years merely 1/500 th of the Radium is left, the rest has decayed to Lead. Add to this the fact that when the crystals formed likely only a small percentage of Radium was incorporated and you end up with very minor Radium in today's samples.

Accordingly, this specimen only exhibits very minor radiation: GammaScout (Model 2015) shows 0.25 µSv/h. Background is 0.16 µSv/h. Most U-minerals in my collection show 5-6 µSv/h.
Photo ID: 685504     Uploaded by: Florian Baur   View Count: 164   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1298 x 1599 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

HU5-AW1Baryte (Var: Radian Barite) : (Ba,Ra)SO4

Lahošť, Duchcov, Ústí Region, Czech Republic

Dimensions: 20 mm x 40 mm x 20 mm
Field of View: 45 mm

Yellow-brown, somewhat translucent Radian Barite crystals to 5 mm on matrix. On one of the crystals on the top left a small patch of a yellow powdery mineral is visible.

Radian Barite is Barite BaSO4 with some of the Barium being replaced by Radium: (Ba,Ra)SO4.

Radium has a half life of 1600 years. It's decay products - Radon and Polonium, among others - are very short-lived, from a few days down to µs. The decay chain stops shortly after when stable 210-Lead is formed. That means after only about 8000 years merely 1/500 th of the Radium is left, the rest has decayed to Lead. Add to this the fact that when the crystals formed likely only a small percentage of Radium was incorporated and you end up with very minor Radium in today's samples.

Accordingly, this specimen only exhibits very minor radiation: GammaScout (Model 2015) shows 0.25 µSv/h. Background is 0.16 µSv/h. Most U-minerals in my collection show 5-6 µSv/h.
Photo ID: 685500     Uploaded by: Florian Baur   View Count: 253   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2132 x 1464 pixels (3.1 Mpix)

V4N-8DNCuprosklodowskite : Cu(UO2)2(SiO3OH]2·6H2O, Vandenbrandeite : Cu(UO2)(OH)4, Uranophane : Ca(UO2)2(SiO3OH)2·5H2O

Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions: 55 mm x 22 mm x 27 mm
Field of View: 35 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 10 mm

Highly lustrous and thick needles of Cuprosklodowskite to 1 cm length completely filling a vug.

A dense mass of dark blueish-green Vandenbrandeite needles partly covers the vug. Small yellow Uranophane crystals can be found atop the Cuprosklodowskite.

There are also needles of a brownish, lustrous, unidentified mineral, I assume this to be strongly discoloured Uranophane.
Photo ID: 685499     Uploaded by: Florian Baur   View Count: 91   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1501 x 2568 pixels (3.9 Mpix)

342-1A5Boltwoodite : (K,Na)(UO2)(SiO3OH)·1.5H2O, Calcite : CaCO3

Goanikontes Claim, Goanikontes, Arandis, Erongo Region, Namibia

Dimensions: 85 mm x 65 mm x 40 mm
Field of View: 80 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 5 mm

Yellow to orange sprays of Boltwoodite crystals to 5 mm. They grow on a nicely contrasting matrix of dark dogtooth Calcite.

FOV is 80 mm.
Photo ID: 685497     Uploaded by: Florian Baur   View Count: 105   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3310 x 2432 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

4RL-L41Schoepite : (UO2)8O2(OH)12·12H2O

Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions: 36 mm x 25 mm x 14 mm
Field of View: 27 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 2 mm

Sharp green-yellow Schoepite crystals to 2 mm. It's probably pseudomorph after tabular Rutherfordine.

The tiny highly lustrous crystals that can be seen sparkling in the background are green and probably Torbernite or maybe Malachite. Some of these even grow on the Schoepite crystals, which is not visible in the photo, however.
Photo ID: 685496     Uploaded by: Florian Baur   View Count: 160   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1155 x 1363 pixels (1.6 Mpix)
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