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Heisenbergite

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Werner Karl Heisenberg
Formula:
UO2(OH) · 2H2O (simplified UO3 · 2H2 O)
Colour:
Yellow, yellow brown or orange brown
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
2
Specific Gravity:
5.14 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named by Kurt Walenta and T. Theye in honor of Werner Carl Heisenberg [1901-1976], professor of physics in the universities of Leipzig, Berlin, Göttingen and Munich. Together with Born and Jordan, in parallel with the group around de Broglie, Dirac and Schrödinger, he lay the foundations of modern quantum mechanics. The uncertainty principle, formulated in 1927, was named after him. In 1932, he was awarded the Nobel prize in physics.
Unknown structure type



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Classification of HeisenbergiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2011

Physical Properties of HeisenbergiteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Translucent, Opaque
Colour:
Yellow, yellow brown or orange brown
Streak:
Yellow
Hardness:
Parting:
Not observed
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven
Density:
5.14 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of HeisenbergiteHide

Formula:
UO2(OH) · 2H2O (simplified UO3 · 2H2 O)
IMA Formula:
UO2(OH)2 · H2O

Crystallography of HeisenbergiteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 13.10(1) Å, b = 13.76(1) Å, c = 14.50(1) Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.952 : 1 : 1.054
Unit Cell V:
2,613.71 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
As anhedral particles or long prismatic crystals up to about 15 μm in length and only a few μm in thickness.
Posssible space groups: P212121, Pna21, Pnma
Comment:
the dimensions of an orthorhombic unit cell were derived from the indexed powder data

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
7.92(10)
7.25(9)
3.57(7)
3.27(9)
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Type Occurrence of HeisenbergiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
As a secondary mineral
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
The collections of the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde
Stuttgart, Germany
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Uranium deposit

Synonyms of HeisenbergiteHide

Fluorescence of HeisenbergiteHide

Not fluorescent

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Easily soluble in HCl 1:1 and HNO3 1:1
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 HeisenbergiteHide

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Walenta, K. & Theye, T. (2012): Heisenbergite, a new uranium mineral from the uranium deposit of Menzenschwand in the Southern Black Forest, Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 189, 117-123

Internet Links for HeisenbergiteHide

Localities for HeisenbergiteHide

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.
Australia
 
  • Northern Territory
    • West Arnhem Region
      • South Alligator River
Threadgold, I. M. (1960): The Mineral Composition of Some Uranium Ores from the South Alligator River Area, Northern Territory.CSIRO Mineragraphic Investigations Technical Paper No. 2, CSIRO, Melbourne ; Walenta, K. & Theye, T. (2012): Heisenbergite, a new uranium mineral from the uranium deposit of Menzenschwand in the Southern Black Forest, Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 189, 117-123
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Karlovy Vary Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
        • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
Ondruš P., Veselovský F., Skála R., Cisařová I., Hloušek J., Frýda J., Vavřín I., Čejka J. & Gabašová, A. (1997): New naturally occurring phases of secondary origin from Jáchymov (Joachimsthal). Journal the Czech Geological Society. 42 (4), 77-108 ;Walenta, K. & Theye, T. (2012): Heisenbergite, a new uranium mineral from the uranium deposit of Menzenschwand in the Southern Black Forest, Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 189, 117-123
Germany (TL)
 
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Menzenschwand
Walenta, K. & Theye, T. (2012): Heisenbergite, a new uranium mineral from the uranium deposit of Menzenschwand in the Southern Black Forest, Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 189, 117-123
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