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Al(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH) · 7H2O
Amber-yellow, yellow-brown
Crystal System:
The name reflects its composition: uranyl (U), phosphorus (P) and aluminium (Al).
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Classification of UpaliteHide

Approval Year:

E : Uranyl phosphates and arsenates
C : UO2:RO4 = 3:2

7 : (AB)2(XO4)Zq·xH2O

19 : Phosphates
11 : Phosphates of U

Physical Properties of UpaliteHide

Transparent, Translucent
Amber-yellow, yellow-brown

Optical Data of UpaliteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.649 nβ = 1.666 nγ = 1.676
Measured: 74° , Calculated: 74°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.027
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of UpaliteHide

Al(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH) · 7H2O

Crystallography of UpaliteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 13.7 Å, b = 16.82 Å, c = 9.33 Å
β = 111.5°
a:b:c = 0.815 : 1 : 0.555
Unit Cell V:
2,000.35 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of UpaliteHide

Synonyms of UpaliteHide

Other Language Names for UpaliteHide

Simplified Chinese:磷铝铀矿 II

Relationship of Upalite to other SpeciesHide

Structurally related to group(s):

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Columbite-(Mn)2 photos of Upalite associated with Columbite-(Mn) on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.EC.05Françoisite-(Nd)(Nd,Ce,Sm)(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH) · 6H2OMon.
8.EC.05PhuralumiteAl2(UO2)3(PO4)3(OH)2 · 13H2OMon.
8.EC.05Françoisite-(Ce)(Ce,Nd,Ca)(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH) · 6H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.EC.10ArsenuranyliteCa(UO2)4(AsO4)2(OH)4 · 6H2OOrth.
8.EC.10DewindtiteH2Pb3(UO2)2(PO4)4O4 · 12H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmma
8.EC.10Kivuite(Th,Ca,Pb)(UO2)4(HPO4)2(OH)8 · 7H2O
8.EC.10Phosphuranylite(H3O)3KCa(UO2)7(PO4)4O4 · 8H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
8.EC.10YingjiangiteK2Ca(UO2)7(PO4)4(OH)6 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
8.EC.15DumontitePb2(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)4 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
8.EC.15HügelitePb2(UO2)3(AsO4)2O2 · 5H2OMon.
8.EC.20MetavanmeersscheiteU6+(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Fddd
8.EC.20VanmeersscheiteU6+(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2OOrth.
8.EC.20ArsenovanmeersscheiteU6+(UO2)3(AsO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2OOrth. mm2 : Pmn21
8.EC.25AlthupiteAlTh(UO2)7(PO4)4(OH)5O2 · 15H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.EC.30MunditeAl(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)3 · 5.5H2OOrth.
8.EC.35PhurcaliteCa2(UO2)3(PO4)2O2 · 7H2OOrth.
8.EC.40BergeniteCa2Ba4(UO2)9(PO4)6O6 · 16H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

19.11.1LermontoviteU(PO4)(OH) · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Ccca
19.11.2MetavanmeersscheiteU6+(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Fddd
19.11.3VanmeersscheiteU6+(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2OOrth.
19.11.4Chernikovite(H3O)2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2OTet.
19.11.5VyacheslaviteU(PO4)(OH) · nH2OOrth.
19.11.6MetanatroautuniteNa(UO2)(PO4)(H2O)3Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/ncc
19.11.7YingjiangiteK2Ca(UO2)7(PO4)4(OH)6 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
19.11.8Meta-ankoleiteK2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
19.11.9Uramphite(NH4)2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2OTet.
19.11.10TorberniteCu(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 12H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
19.11.11MetatorberniteCu(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P4/n
19.11.12SaléeiteMg(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 10H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
19.11.13NingyoiteCaU(PO4)2 · 1-2H2OOrth.
19.11.14Meta-autuniteCa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6-8H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m)
19.11.15AutuniteCa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 11H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
19.11.16Pseudo-autunite(H3O)4Ca2(UO2)2(PO4)4 · 5H2OOrth.
19.11.17PhurcaliteCa2(UO2)3(PO4)2O2 · 7H2OOrth.
19.11.18Phosphuranylite(H3O)3KCa(UO2)7(PO4)4O4 · 8H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
19.11.19UlrichiteCaCu(UO2)(PO4)2 · 4H2OMon.
19.11.20BergeniteCa2Ba4(UO2)9(PO4)6O6 · 16H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
19.11.21Metauranocircite-IBa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 7H2OMon. 2 : P21
19.11.22UranocirciteBa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 10H2OTet.
19.11.23RanunculiteHAl(UO2)(PO4)(OH)3 · 4H2OMon.
19.11.24TrianguliteAl3(UO2)4(PO4)4(OH)5 · 5H2OTric.
19.11.25MunditeAl(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)3 · 5.5H2OOrth.
19.11.27FurongiteAl13(UO2)7(PO4)13(OH)14 · 58H2OTric. 1 : P1
19.11.28ThreadgolditeAl(UO2)2(PO4)2(OH) · 8H2OMon.
19.11.29PhuralumiteAl2(UO2)3(PO4)3(OH)2 · 13H2OMon.
19.11.30MoreauiteAl3(UO2)(PO4)3(OH)2 · 13H2O
19.11.31SabugaliteHAl(UO2)4(PO4)4 · 16H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
19.11.32Uranospathite(Al,☐)(UO2)2(PO4)2F · 20(H2O,F)Orth. mm2 : Pnn2
19.11.33AlthupiteAlTh(UO2)7(PO4)4(OH)5O2 · 15H2OTric. 1 : P1
19.11.34Françoisite-(Nd)(Nd,Ce,Sm)(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH) · 6H2OMon.
19.11.35Kivuite(Th,Ca,Pb)(UO2)4(HPO4)2(OH)8 · 7H2O
19.11.36ParsonsitePb2(UO2)(PO4)2Tric. 1 : P1
19.11.37DewindtiteH2Pb3(UO2)2(PO4)4O4 · 12H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmma
19.11.38DumontitePb2(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)4 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
19.11.39PrzhevalskitePb2(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)4 · 3H2OOrth.
19.11.40LehneriteMn2+(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 8H2OMon.
19.11.41BassetiteFe2+(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 10H2OMon. 2/m
19.11.42Vochtenite(Fe2+,Mg)Fe3+(UO2)4(PO4)4(OH) · 12-13H2OMon.

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 UpaliteHide

Reference List:
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Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie (1979): 102: 333-337.
American Mineralogist (1980): 65: 208.
Piret, P. and Declercq, J.-P. (1983) Structure cristalline de l'upalite Al[(UO2)3OOH)(PO4)2]·7H2O. Un exemple de macle mimétique. Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie: 106: 383-389.
Burns, P.C. (2005) U 6+ minerals and inorganic compounds: insights into an expanded structural hierarchy of crystal structures. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1839-1894.

Internet Links for UpaliteHide

Localities for UpaliteHide

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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.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (TL)
  • Sud-Kivu
    • Mwenga
Bull.Minéral.(1979) 102, 333-337
  • Suceava Co.
    • Suceava district
Hîrtopanu P., Udubaşa G., Scott P., Hârtopanu I. (2004) Uranium sulphide mineralisation in the Bistriţa Mts., East Carpathians, Romania. Romanian Journal of Mineral Deposits 81:108-111
  • Colorado
    • Fremont Co.
      • Eight Mile Park pegmatite District
Sidney A. Williams specimen
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