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Vanmeersscheite

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Formula:
U6+(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2O
Colour:
Yellow
Lustre:
Vitreous
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named after Maurice Van Meerssche (born Sint-Niklaas, Belgium April 18th 1923 and passed away at Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium on March 16th 1990), professor of crystallography, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
This page provides mineralogical data about Vanmeersscheite.


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Classification of VanmeersscheiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
1981
7/E.07-140
8.EC.20

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
E : Uranyl phosphates and arsenates
C : UO2:RO4 = 3:2
42.7.14.1

42 : HYDRATED PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
7 : (AB)2(XO4)Zq·xH2O
19.11.3

19 : Phosphates
11 : Phosphates of U

Physical Properties of VanmeersscheiteHide

Vitreous
Colour:
Yellow

Optical Data of VanmeersscheiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.704 nβ = 1.715 nγ = 1.718
2V:
Measured: 56° , Calculated: 54°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.014
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
High
Dispersion:
r > v weak

Chemical Properties of VanmeersscheiteHide

Formula:
U6+(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2O
IMA Formula:
U(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2O

Crystallography of VanmeersscheiteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 17.06 Å, b = 16.76 Å, c = 7.02 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.018 : 1 : 0.419
Unit Cell V:
2,007.20 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of VanmeersscheiteHide

Synonyms of VanmeersscheiteHide

Other Language Names for VanmeersscheiteHide

Simplified Chinese:磷铀矿

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Umohoite1 photo of Vanmeersscheite associated with Umohoite on mindat.org.

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.05UpaliteAl(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH) · 7H2OMon.
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.20ArsenovanmeersscheiteU4+(UO2)3(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 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 - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide

42.7.14.2MetavanmeersscheiteU6+(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Fddd
42.7.14.3ArsenovanmeersscheiteU4+(UO2)3(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OOrth. mm2 : Pmn21

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
19.11.4Chernikovite(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.
19.11.26UpaliteAl(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH) · 7H2OMon.
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:
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References for VanmeersscheiteHide

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Piret, P. & Deliens, M. (1982): Vanmeersscheite U(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6.4H2O and meta-vanmeersscheite U(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6.2H2O, new minerals. Bulletin de Minéralogie, 105, 125-128 (in French).
American Mineralogist (1982): 67: 1077.
Burns, P.C. (2005) U 6+ minerals and inorganic compounds: insights into an expanded structural hierarchy of crystal structures. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1839-1894.

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Localities for VanmeersscheiteHide

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Locality ListHide

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All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
China
 
  • Guangdong Province
    • Qingyuan Prefecture
      • Lianzhou Co. (Lian Co.)
Shixian Liu (1983): Mineral Deposits 2(4), 61-68
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Kambove District
      • Shinkolobwe
Jakub Plasil
  • Sud-Kivu
    • Mwenga
Piret, P. & Deliens, M. (1982): Vanmeersscheite U(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6.4H2O and meta-vanmeersscheite U(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6.2H2O, new minerals. Bulletin de Minéralogie, 105, 125-128 (in French).
Germany
 
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Menzenschwand
K. Walenta: "Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes", Weise (Munich), 1992
Italy
 
  • Trentino-Alto Adige (Trentino-Südtirol)
    • Trento Province
      • Giudicarie Valleys
        • Chiese Valley
          • Condino
Campostrini, I., Demartin, F., & Gramaccioli, C. M. (2006). Rio Giulis. Minerali secondari del giacimento uranifero presso Condino, Trento. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 30(3), 152-165.
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Coconino Co.
      • Cameron District
        • Cameron area
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 412.
  • Maine
    • Oxford Co.
      • Newry
King, V. and Foord, E., 1994, Mineralogy of Maine, V. 1; King, V. (ed), 2000, Mineralogy of Maine, V. 2.; Mineralogical Record 22:382
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