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About AdolfpateraiteHide

Adolf Patera
Sulphur-yellow to greenish yellow
Specific Gravity:
4.24 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
In honour of Adolf Patera (11 July 1819 Vienna - 26 June 1894), Austrian chemist, working in Bohemian countries, namely in Jáchymov. Patera introduced industrial processing of U-ores for winning of U colors (first was uranium yellow - urangelb); chemist and metallurgist.
Chemically related to geschieberite and zippeite.

Crystal structure contains pentagonal bipyramids of uranyl groups. They form chains extending along [010]. The bypiramids share vertices in which OH groups are located. The sulfate groups are located in the outer side of the chains, and there are bridging bidentate connections between the uranyl polyhedra. K and H-bonds link the chains. Water is located on the edges of the chains (Plášil et al., 2012).

Classification of AdolfpateraiteHide

Approval Year:
First Published:

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
E : Uranyl sulfates
C : With medium-sized and large cations

Physical Properties of AdolfpateraiteHide

Transparent, Translucent
Sulphur-yellow to greenish yellow
Pale yellow
Around 2
None Observed
4.24 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of AdolfpateraiteHide

RI values:
nα = 1.597(2) nγ = 1.659(2)
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Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.062
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Colorless (α), yellow (γ)
Beta index could not be measured. Optical orientation remains unknown since the mineral has no visible cleavage and
no distinctive morphology

Chemical Properties of AdolfpateraiteHide


Crystallography of AdolfpateraiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.0462(1) Å, b = 7.9256(1) Å, c = 11.3206(2) Å
β = 107.726(2)°
a:b:c = 1.015 : 1 : 1.428
Unit Cell V:
687.65 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
7.658 (76)
5.386 (100)
5.218 (85)
3.718 (46)
3.700 (37)

Type Occurrence of AdolfpateraiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
forms hemispherical crystalline aggregates, up to 3 mm in size.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Department of Mineralogy and Petrology of the National Museum in Prague, Václavské námestí 68, Praha 1 (Czech Republic), catalog number: P1P 3/2011
Geological Setting of Type Material:
formed from the dissolution of primary uraninite though is of recent supergene origin, forming in the environment of the old mining works
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of AdolfpateraiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Gypsum1 photo of Adolfpateraite associated with Gypsum on mindat.org.
Mathesiusite1 photo of Adolfpateraite associated with Mathesiusite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

7.EC.05CobaltzippeiteCo(UO2)2(SO4)O2 · 3.5H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
7.EC.05MagnesiozippeiteMg(UO2)2(SO4)O2 · 3.5H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
7.EC.05NickelzippeiteNi2(UO2)6(SO4)3(OH)10 · 16H2O Mon.
7.EC.05NatrozippeiteNa5(UO2)8(SO4)4O5(OH)3 · 12H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
7.EC.05ZinczippeiteZn(UO2)2(SO4)O2 · 3.5H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
7.EC.05ZippeiteK3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2OMon. 2 : B2
7.EC.10RabejaciteCa(UO2)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 6H2OOrth.
7.EC.15MarécottiteMg3(UO2)8(SO4)4O6(OH)2 · 28H2OTric. 1 : P1
7.EC.15Sejkoraite-(Y)Y2(UO2)8(SO4)4O6(OH)2 · 26H2OTric. 1 : P1
7.EC.20PseudojohanniteCu3(OH)2[(UO2)4(SO4)2]· 12H2OTric.

Fluorescence of AdolfpateraiteHide

Green fluorescence in long-wave ultraviolet radiation.

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:

References for AdolfpateraiteHide

Reference List:
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Plášil, J., Hloušek, J., Veselovský, F., Fejfarová, K., Dušek, M., Škoda, R., Novák, M., Čejka, J., Sejkora, J., Ondruš, P. (2012): Adolfpateraite, K(UO2)(SO4)(OH)(H2O), a new uranyl sulphate mineral from Jáchymov, Czech Republic. American Mineralogist, 97, 447-454.

Internet Links for AdolfpateraiteHide

Localities for AdolfpateraiteHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

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.
Czech Republic
  • Karlovy Vary Region
    • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
      • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
        • Jáchymov (St Joachimsthal)
Plášil, J., Hloušek, J., Veselovský, F., Fejfarová, K., Dušek, M., Škoda, R., Novák, M., Čejka, J., Sejkora, J., Ondruš, P. (2012): Adolfpateraite, K(UO2)(SO4)(OH)(H2O), a new uranyl sulphate mineral from Jáchymov, Czech Republic. American Mineralogist, 97, 447-454.
Plášil, J., Veselovský, F., Hloušek, J., Škoda, R., Novák, M., Sejkora, J., Čejka, J., Škácha, P., Kasatkin, A.V. (2014): Mathesiusite, K5(UO2)4(SO4)4(VO5)(H2O)4, a new uranyl vanadate-sulfate from Jáchymov, Czech Republic. American Mineralogist, 99, 625-632.
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