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(H3O)2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2O
pale yellow
2 - 2½
Crystal System:
Synthethic material was known first, and referred to as 'hydrogen autunite'. Chernikov reported natural material in 1958, using the same name, but it was never approved by the IMA. The mineral was renamed in 1998 by Daniel Atencio in honor of Andrei Andreevich Chernikov (Андрея Андреевича Черникова) (b. 1927), mineralogist and geochemist at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russia and anexpert on uranium mineralization.
Meta-autunite Group. The most simple valid uranyl phosphate mineral. Compare 'UM1963-03-PO:HU'.

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Classification of ChernikoviteHide


E : Uranyl phosphates and arsenates
B : UO2:RO4 = 1:1

2a : AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+

19 : Phosphates
11 : Phosphates of U

Pronounciation of ChernikoviteHide

PlayRecorded byCountry
Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of ChernikoviteHide

pale yellow
yellowish white
2 - 2½ on Mohs scale

Optical Data of ChernikoviteHide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.579 nε = 1.568
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.011
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of ChernikoviteHide

(H3O)2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2O
IMA Formula:
(H3O)(UO2)(PO4) · 3H2O

Crystallography of ChernikoviteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.03 Å, c = 9.03 Å
a:c = 1 : 1.284
Unit Cell V:
446.27 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of ChernikoviteHide

Other Language Names for ChernikoviteHide

Relationship of Chernikovite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
AbernathyiteK(UO2)(AsO4) · 3H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/ncc
LehneriteMn2+(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 8H2OMon.
Meta-ankoleiteK2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
Meta-autuniteCa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6-8H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m)
MetaheinrichiteBa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4mm
MetakahleriteFe2+(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
MetakirchheimeriteCo(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
MetalodèviteZn(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 10H2OTet.
MetanováčekiteMg(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P4/n
MetatorberniteCu(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P4/n
Metauranocircite-IBa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 7H2OMon. 2 : P21
MetauranospiniteCa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
MetazeuneriteCu(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
Natrouranospinite(Na2,Ca)(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 5H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
Uramarsite(NH4,H3O)2(UO2)2(AsO4,PO4)2 · 6H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
Uramphite(NH4)2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2OTet.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Meta-autunite2 photos of Chernikovite associated with Meta-autunite on
Gypsum2 photos of Chernikovite associated with Gypsum on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.EB.05AutuniteCa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 11H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.EB.05HeinrichiteBa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 10H2OMon. 2/m
8.EB.05KahleriteFe(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 12H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
8.EB.05Nováčekite-IMg(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 12H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.EB.05SaléeiteMg(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 10H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.EB.05TorberniteCu(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 12H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
8.EB.05UranocirciteBa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 10H2OTet.
8.EB.05UranospiniteCa(UO2)(AsO4)2 · 10H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
8.EB.05Xiangjiangite(Fe3+,Al)(UO2)4(PO4)2(SO4)2(OH) · 22H2OTet.
8.EB.05ZeuneriteCu(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 12H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
8.EB.05MetarauchiteNi(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.EB.05RauchiteNi(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 10H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.EB.10BassetiteFe2+(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 10H2OMon. 2/m
8.EB.10LehneriteMn2+(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 8H2OMon.
8.EB.10Meta-autuniteCa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6-8H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m)
8.EB.10MetasaléeiteMg(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 8H2O
8.EB.10Metauranocircite-IBa(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 7H2OMon. 2 : P21
8.EB.10MetauranospiniteCa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
8.EB.10MetaheinrichiteBa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4mm
8.EB.10MetakahleriteFe2+(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.EB.10MetakirchheimeriteCo(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.EB.10MetanováčekiteMg(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P4/n
8.EB.10MetatorberniteCu(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P4/n
8.EB.10MetazeuneriteCu(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
8.EB.10PrzhevalskitePb2(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)4 · 3H2OOrth.
8.EB.10Meta-lodèviteZn(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 10H2O
8.EB.15AbernathyiteK(UO2)(AsO4) · 3H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/ncc
8.EB.15Meta-ankoleiteK2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
8.EB.15Natrouranospinite(Na2,Ca)(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 5H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
8.EB.15Trögerite(H3O)(UO2)(AsO4) · 3H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
8.EB.15Uramphite(NH4)2(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 6H2OTet.
8.EB.15Uramarsite(NH4,H3O)2(UO2)2(AsO4,PO4)2 · 6H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
8.EB.20ThreadgolditeAl(UO2)2(PO4)2(OH) · 8H2OMon.
8.EB.20ChistyakovaiteAl(UO2)2(AsO4)2(F,OH) · 6.5H2OMon.
8.EB.25ArsenuranospathiteAl[(UO2)(AsO4)]2F(H2O)20Orth. mm2 : Pnn2
8.EB.25Uranospathite(Al,☐)(UO2)2(PO4)2F · 20(H2O,F)Orth. mm2 : Pnn2
8.EB.30Vochtenite(Fe2+,Mg)Fe3+(UO2)4(PO4)4(OH) · 12-13H2OMon.
8.EB.35CoconinoiteFe3+2Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2OMon.
8.EB.40RanunculiteHAl(UO2)(PO4)(OH)3 · 4H2OMon.
8.EB.45TrianguliteAl3(UO2)4(PO4)4(OH)5 · 5H2OTric.
8.EB.50FurongiteAl13(UO2)7(PO4)13(OH)14 · 58H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.EB.55SabugaliteHAl(UO2)4(PO4)4 · 16H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m

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.
19.11.5VyacheslaviteU(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:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for ChernikoviteHide

Reference List:
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Ross, V. (1955) Studies of uranium minerals (XXI): synthetic hydrogen-autunite. American Mineralogist: 40: 917-919.
Chernikov, A.A. (1958) New data on some uranium and uranium-bearing minerals. Proceeds of the 2nd United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy: 2: 298-299.
Morosin, B. (1978) Hydrogen uranyl phosphate tetrahydrate, a hydrogen ion solid electrolyte. Acta Crystallographica: B34: 3732-3734.
Atencio, D. (1988) Chernikovite. A new mineral name for (H3O)2(UO2)2(PO4)2.6H2O superseding "hydrogen autunite". Mineralogical Record: 19: 249-252.
Van Haverbeke, L., Vochten, R., Van Springel, K. (1996) Solubility and spectrochemical characteristics of synthetic chernikovite and meta-ankoleite. Mineralogical Magazine: 60: 759-766.
Jambor, J.L., Burke, E.A.J. (1989) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 74: 1399-1404.

Internet Links for ChernikoviteHide

Localities for ChernikoviteHide

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.
  • São Paulo
    • São Paulo
Atencio, D. (1988). "Chernikovite: a new mineral name for (H3O)2(UO2)2(PO4)2.6H2O superseding “hydrogen autunite”." Mineralogical Record, 19(4),pp:249-252.; D Atencio & R Hypolito ()Fosfatos e silicatos secunderos de uranio de Perus, Sao Paulo
Fosfatos e Silicatos Secundários de Urânio de Perus, São Paulo - Atencio, Daniel and Hypolito, Raphael - Revista Brasileira de Geociências, março de 1994
Czech Republic
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Karlovy Vary Region
      • Lázně Kynžvart (Bad Königswart)
Pauliš P., Kopecký S., Černý P. 2007: Uranové minerály České Republiky a jejich naleziště. 1. část. (Kutna Hora, issue 1)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Kambove District
      • Shinkolobwe
  • Brittany
    • Morbihan
      • Guern
Le Règne Minéral, Hors Série IV (1998)
  • Haut-Ogooué Province
    • Franceville
Jensen, K.A., Palenik, C.S., and Ewing, R.C. (2002) U 6+ phases in the weathering zone of the Bangombe U-deposit: observed and predicted mineralogy. Radiochim. Acta: 90: 761-769.
  • Bavaria
    • Upper Palatinate
      • Mähring
        • Uranium deposit
Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", 1990
Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", 1990
      • Waidhaus
        • Hagendorf
Dill H.G.: "Mineralogical and chemical composition of the Hagendorf-North Pegmatite, SE Germany - a monographic study", J. Min. Geochem, 2013
Schnorrer-Köhler, G., Mücke, A., (1989): ...Chernikovit-Pseudomorphosen nach Uraninit, Der Aufschluss, Vol. 40, 291-293
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirge
      • Schwarzenberg District
        • Schwarzenberg
T. Witzke (1995): Neufunde aus Sachsen (IV): Neue Nachweise der seltenen Minerale Chernikovit, Ktenasit, Letovicit, Ramsbeckit, Ravatit und Znucalit. - Lapis 20, 9, 35-36
  • Thuringia
    • Gera
      • Ronneburg U deposit
T. Witzke & F. Rüger: Lapis 1998(7/8), 26-64
  • Piedmont
    • Cuneo Province
      • Roburent
        • San Giacomo
          • I Cardin
Piccoli, G.C., Maletto, G., Bosio, P., Lombardo, B. (2007): MInerali del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta. Associazione Amici del Museo " F. Eusebio" Alba, Ed., Alba (Cuneo) 607 pp.
  • Viseu District
    • Mangualde
      • Chãs de Tavares
        • Tragos
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye)
      • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
        • Vitim Plateau
Pavel M. Kartashov data
Tajikistan (TL)
  • Viloyati Sogd (Viloyati Sughd; Viloyati Khodzhent; Viloyati Leninabad)
    • Adrasman
      • Karamazar Mts
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
  • New Mexico
    • Cibola Co.
      • Laguna District
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
  • New York
    • Fulton Co.
      • Mayfield
Lupulescu, M.V., Rowe, R., Bailey, D., Hawkins, M. (2013) Chernikovite, Fe-free warwickite, and dissakisite-(Ce) from New York state, USA. The 40th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Contributed Papers in Specimen Mineralogy, 20-21.
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