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Rabbittite

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John Charles Rabbit
Formula:
Ca3Mg3(UO2)2(CO3)6(OH)4 · 18H2O
Colour:
Pale green
Lustre:
Silky
Hardness:
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
Named by Mary E. Thompson, Alice D. Weeks, and Alexander M. Sherwood in 1954 after John "Jack" Charles Rabbitt [November 3, 1907 Butte, Montana, USA - June 10, 1957 Washington, D. C.], geochemist of the United States Geological Survey.
This page provides mineralogical data about Rabbittite.


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Classification of RabbittiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
5.ED.25

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
E : Uranyl Carbonates
D : UO2:CO3 = 1:3
16b.7.3.1

16b : HYDRATED CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
7 : Miscellaneous
11.11.14

11 : Carbonates
11 : Carbonates of Cr and U

Physical Properties of RabbittiteHide

Silky
Colour:
Pale green
Hardness:
2½ on Mohs scale
Cleavage:
Perfect

Optical Data of RabbittiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.502 nβ = 1.508 nγ = 1.525
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.023
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Low
Dispersion:
relatively strong

Chemical Properties of RabbittiteHide

Formula:
Ca3Mg3(UO2)2(CO3)6(OH)4 · 18H2O

Crystallography of RabbittiteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:
a = 32.6 Å, b = 23.8 Å, c = 9.45 Å
β = 90°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.37 : 1 : 0.397
Unit Cell V:
7,332.07 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of RabbittiteHide

Other Language Names for RabbittiteHide

German:Rabbittit
Spanish:Rabbittita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Schröckingerite4 photos of Rabbittite associated with Schröckingerite on mindat.org.
Liebigite2 photos of Rabbittite associated with Liebigite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.ED.05BayleyiteMg2(UO2)(CO3)3 · 18H2OMon.
5.ED.10SwartziteMgCa(UO2)(CO3)3 · 12H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
5.ED.15AlbrechtschraufiteCa4Mg(UO2)2(CO3)6F2 · 17-18H2OTric. 1 : P1
5.ED.20LiebigiteCa2(UO2)(CO3)3 · 11H2OOrth. mm2
5.ED.30AndersoniteNa2Ca(UO2)(CO3)3 · 6H2OTrig. 3 : R3
5.ED.35GrimseliteK3Na(UO2)(CO3)3 · H2OHex.
5.ED.40WidenmannitePb2(OH)2[(UO2)(CO3)2]Orth.
5.ED.45ZnucaliteZn12Ca(UO2)(CO3)3(OH)22 · 4H2OOrth.
5.ED.50ČejkaiteNa4(UO2)(CO3)3Tric.
5.ED.50AgricolaiteK4(UO2)(CO3)3Mon. 2/m : B2/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

11.11.1StichtiteMg6Cr3+2(OH)16[CO3] · 4H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
11.11.2Rutherfordine(UO2)CO3Orth. mm2 : Imm2
11.11.3Joliotite(UO2)CO3 · nH2OOrth.
11.11.4GrimseliteK3Na(UO2)(CO3)3 · H2OHex.
11.11.5BayleyiteMg2(UO2)(CO3)3 · 18H2OMon.
11.11.6MetazelleriteCa(UO2)(CO3)2 · 3H2OOrth.
11.11.7ZelleriteCa(UO2)(CO3)2 · 5H2OOrth.
11.11.8WyartiteCaU5+(UO2)2(CO3)O4(OH) · 7H2OOrth.
11.11.9UrancalcariteCa(UO2)3(CO3)(OH)6 · 3H2OOrth.
11.11.10SharpiteCa(UO2)6(CO3)5(OH)4 · 6H2OOrth.
11.11.11VogliteCa2Cu(UO2)(CO3)4 · 6H2OMon.
11.11.12AndersoniteNa2Ca(UO2)(CO3)3 · 6H2OTrig. 3 : R3
11.11.13SwartziteMgCa(UO2)(CO3)3 · 12H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
11.11.15Kamotoite-(Y)Y2(UO2)4(CO3)3O4 · 14H2OMon. 2/m
11.11.16Shabaite-(Nd)Ca(Nd,Sm,Y)2(UO2)(CO3)4(OH)2 · 6H2O
11.11.17Astrocyanite-(Ce)Cu2(Ce,Nd,La)2(UO2)(CO3)5(OH)2 · 1.5H2OHex.
11.11.18Bijvoetite-(Y)Y8(UO2)16(CO3)16O8(OH)8 · 39H2OMon.
11.11.19WidenmannitePb2(OH)2[(UO2)(CO3)2]Orth.
11.11.20ZnucaliteZn12Ca(UO2)(CO3)3(OH)22 · 4H2OOrth.

Other InformationHide

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 RabbittiteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist (1955): 40: 201-206.

Internet Links for RabbittiteHide

Localities for RabbittiteHide

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Locality ListHide

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All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Karlovy Vary Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
        • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
Lapis 2002(7/8), 63-65
Jeff Weisman
Russia
 
  • Northern Caucasus Region
    • Adygea Republic (Adygeya)
Igor V. Pekov and Anatoly Kasatkin analytical data (2011)
USA
 
  • Utah
    • Emery Co.
      • San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell)
UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah
Am Min 40:201-206
    • Grand Co.
      • Thompsons District (S. E. Thomsons)
        • Yellow Cat Mesa
Collected by and in the collection of Brent Thorne.
    • San Juan Co.
      • White Canyon District
        • White Canyon
          • Deer Flat
Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah. Utah Department fo Natural Resources Bulletin 117. Jan. 1981
Mineral and/or Locality  
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