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Crystal System:
Named in honour of Lise Meitner (7 November 1878 – 27 October 1968), an Austrian-Swedish physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Otto Hahn and Meitner led the small group of scientists who first discovered nuclear fission of uranium. Her exclusion from the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for nuclear fission (that was awarded exclusively to her long-time collaborator Otto Hahn) is considered unfair nowadays.
Structurally related to johannite.

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Classification of MeitneriteHide

Approved, Pending publication
Approval Year:

Chemical Properties of MeitneriteHide

IMA Formula:
(NH4)(UO2)(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O

Crystallography of MeitneriteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
1 - Pinacoidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.7964(2) Å, b = 8.0738(3) Å, c = 9.2997(7) Å
α = 113.284(8)°, β = 99.065(7)°, γ = 105.289(7)°
a:b:c = 0.842 : 1 : 1.152
Unit Cell V:
431.96 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:

Type Occurrence of MeitneriteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
In the mineralogical collections of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA, catalogue number 66623

Synonyms of MeitneriteHide

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 MeitneriteHide

Reference List:
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Kampf, A.R., Plášil, J., Nash, B.P. and Marty, J. (2017) Meitnerite, IMA 2017-065. CNMNC Newsletter No. 40, December 2017, page 1578; Mineralogical Magazine: 81: 1577–1581.

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Localities for MeitneriteHide

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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.
  • Utah
    • San Juan Co.
      • White Canyon District
        • Red Canyon
Kampf, A.R., Plášil, J., Nash, B.P. and Marty, J. (2017) Meitnerite, IMA 2017-065. CNMNC Newsletter No. 40, December 2017, page 1578; Mineralogical Magazine: 81: 1577–1581.
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