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About Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Cu2(Ce,Nd,La)2(UO2)(CO3)5(OH)2 · 1.5H2O
Bright blue
Vitreous, Earthy
2 - 3
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
From the Greek άστρον ("astron") for "star", κυανός ("kyanos") for "blue", in allusion to its colour and habit of the aggregates, and the dominant lanthanide element in its composition.
Unique combination of elements.

Classification of Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Approval Year:
First Published:

E : Uranyl Carbonates
F : UO2:CO3 = 1:5

1 : AmBn(XO3)pZqxH2O & with (m+n):p = 1:1

11 : Carbonates
11 : Carbonates of Cr and U

Physical Properties of Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Vitreous, Earthy
Translucent, Opaque
Bright blue
White, blue (bluish)
2 - 3 on Mohs scale
3.80 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.95 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.688 nε = 1.638
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.050
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Strongly pleochroic from bright blue to pale blue, almost colorless.

Chemical Properties of Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Cu2(Ce,Nd,La)2(UO2)(CO3)5(OH)2 · 1.5H2O
IMA Formula:
Cu2Ce2(UO2)(CO3)5(OH)2 · 1.5H2O

Crystallography of Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Crystal System:
Platy {001}

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
13.3 Å(40)
6.73 Å(100)
4.30 Å(50)
4.16 Å(60)
3.72 Å(90)
2.488 Å(40)
2.154 Å(40)
2.071 Å(40)
114.6-mm Debye-Scherrer camera, copper Ka radiation

Type Occurrence of Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Delicate rostettes of tablets.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Institut royal des Sciences naturalles de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Oxidation product of uraninite.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Other Language Names for Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
8 photos of Astrocyanite-(Ce) associated with Kamotoite-(Y)Y2(UO2)4(CO3)3O4 · 14H2O
2 photos of Astrocyanite-(Ce) associated with UranophaneCa(UO2)2(SiO3OH)2•5H2O
2 photos of Astrocyanite-(Ce) associated with UraniniteUO2

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)3(CO3)4 · 3H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
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
11.11.14RabbittiteCa3Mg3(UO2)2(CO3)6(OH)4 · 18H2OMon.
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 · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1
11.11.18Bijvoetite-(Y)Y8(UO2)16(CO3)16O8(OH)8 · 39H2OMon.
11.11.20ZnucaliteZn12Ca(UO2)(CO3)3(OH)22 · 4H2OOrth.

Other InformationHide

Soluble with effervescence in dilute HCl.
Special Storage/
Display Requirements:
Health Risks:
This radioactive species sit always on massive uraninite and should be manipulated and stored with precautions.

References for Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Reference List:
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Deliens, M., Piret, P. (1990) L'astrocyanite-(Ce), Cu2(TR)2(UO2)(CO3)5(OH)2·1,5 H2O, nouvelle espèce minérale de Kamoto, Shaba, Zaïre. European Journal of Mineralogy: 2: 407-411.
Deliens, M., Piret, P., Van Der Meersche, E. (1990) Les minéraux secondaires d'uranium du Zaïre, deuxieme complement. Royal Museum for Central Africa / Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
Jambor, J.L., Puziewicz, J. (1991) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 76: 665-671.
Mandarino, J.A. (1997) New Minerals 1990-1994. Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ.

Internet Links for Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

Localities for Astrocyanite-(Ce)Hide

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Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
DR Congo (TL)
  • Lualaba
    • Kolwezi mining district
      • Kamoto
European Journal of Mineralogy (1990) 2.; Deliens, M. (1996) Overzicht van de mineralogie van de koper-, kobalt- en uraniumvoorkomens in Zuid-Shaba (Zaïre). Pages 35-49 in: Schatten der Aarde. Van mineraal tot juweel. Tentoonstelling in de abdij Saint-Gérard de Brogne van 27 april tot 27 oktober 1996. Catalogus opgemaakt onder de leiding van R. Warin, AGAB en P. Van hee, MKA (in Dutch).; [Mandarino, 1997];
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