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Zellerite

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About ZelleriteHide

Howard Davis Zeller
Formula:
Ca(UO2)(CO3)2 · 5H2O
Colour:
Light lemon-yellow
Lustre:
Dull
Hardness:
2
Specific Gravity:
3.25
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named after Howard Davis Zeller (24 December 1922, Warren, Ohio, USA - 14 April 2009, Denver, Colorado, USA), geologist with the United States Geological Survey who discovered the mineral.
Dimorph of:
This page provides mineralogical data about Zellerite.


Classification of ZelleriteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
1965
First Published:
1966
5.EC.10

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
E : Uranyl Carbonates
C : UO2:CO3 < 1:1 - 1:2
15.3.1.1

15 : HYDRATED NORMAL CARBONATES
3 : AmBn(XO3)p·xH2O, with (m+n):p = 1:1
11.11.7

11 : Carbonates
11 : Carbonates of Cr and U

Pronounciation of ZelleriteHide

Pronounciation:
PlayRecorded byCountry
Jolyon RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of ZelleriteHide

Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Light lemon-yellow
Hardness:
Density:
3.25 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.242 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of ZelleriteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.536 nβ = 1.559 nγ = 1.697
2V:
Measured: 30° to 45°, Calculated: 48°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.161
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Low
Dispersion:
r > v
Comments:
X=Y= colorless; Z = pale yellow

Chemical Properties of ZelleriteHide

Formula:
Ca(UO2)(CO3)2 · 5H2O

Crystallography of ZelleriteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.22 Å, b = 19.25 Å, c = 4.93 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.583 : 1 : 0.256
Unit Cell V:
1,064.81 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of ZelleriteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA, 112827.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of ZelleriteHide

Other Language Names for ZelleriteHide

German:Zellerit
Spanish:Zellerita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Voglite8 photos of Zellerite associated with Voglite on mindat.org.
Liebigite1 photo of Zellerite associated with Liebigite on mindat.org.
Gypsum1 photo of Zellerite associated with Gypsum on mindat.org.
Schröckingerite1 photo of Zellerite associated with Schröckingerite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.EC.05FontaniteCa(UO2)3(CO3)4 · 3H2OOrth.
5.EC.10MetazelleriteCa(UO2)(CO3)2 · 3H2OOrth.

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide

15.3.1.2MetazelleriteCa(UO2)(CO3)2 · 3H2OOrth.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

11.11.1StichtiteMg6Cr3+2(OH)16[CO3] · 4H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
11.11.2Rutherfordine(UO2)CO3Orth. mm2 : Imm2
11.11.3Joliotite(UO2)CO3 · nH2OOrth.
11.11.4GrimseliteK3Na(UO2)(CO3)3 · H2OHex.
11.11.5BayleyiteMg2(UO2)(CO3)3 · 18H2OMon.
11.11.6MetazelleriteCa(UO2)(CO3)2 · 3H2OOrth.
11.11.8WyartiteCaU5+(UO2)2(CO3)O4(OH) · 7H2OOrth.
11.11.9UrancalcariteCa(UO2)3(CO3)(OH)6 · 3H2OOrth.
11.11.10SharpiteCa(UO2)3(CO3)4 · 3H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
11.11.11VogliteCa2Cu(UO2)(CO3)4 · 6H2OMon.
11.11.12AndersoniteNa2Ca(UO2)(CO3)3 · 6H2OTrig. 3 : R3
11.11.13SwartziteMgCa(UO2)(CO3)3 · 12H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
11.11.14RabbittiteCa3Mg3(UO2)2(CO3)6(OH)4 · 18H2OMon.
11.11.15Kamotoite-(Y)Y2(UO2)4(CO3)3O4 · 14H2OMon. 2/m
11.11.16Shabaite-(Nd)Ca(Nd,Sm,Y)2(UO2)(CO3)4(OH)2 · 6H2O
11.11.17Astrocyanite-(Ce)Cu2(Ce,Nd,La)2(UO2)(CO3)5(OH)2 · 1.5H2OHex.
11.11.18Bijvoetite-(Y)Y8(UO2)16(CO3)16O8(OH)8 · 39H2OMon.
11.11.19WidenmannitePb2(OH)2[(UO2)(CO3)2]Orth.
11.11.20ZnucaliteZn12Ca(UO2)(CO3)3(OH)22 · 4H2OOrth.

Fluorescence of ZelleriteHide

Fluoresces patchy green under SW and LW UV

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Radioactive
Special Storage/
Display Requirements:
Radioactive
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 ZelleriteHide

Reference List:
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New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Memoir (1963): 15: 21.
Coleman, R.G., D.R. Ross, Meyrowitz, R. (1966) Zellerite and metazellerite, new uranyl carbonates. American Mineralogist: 51: 1567–1578.
Fleischer, M. (1964) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 49: 439-448.
Frost, R.L., Dickfos, M.J., Cejka, J. (2008) Raman spectroscopic study of the uranyl carbonate mineral zellerite. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy: 39: 582-586.

Internet Links for ZelleriteHide

Localities for ZelleriteHide

ⓘ - 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
 
  • Central Bohemia Region
Pauliš P., Kopecký S., Černý P. 2007: Uranové minerály České Republiky a jejich naleziště. 1. část. (Kutna Hora, issue 1)
  • Karlovy Vary Region
    • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
      • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
        • Jáchymov (St Joachimsthal)
Lapis 2002(7/8), 52
Specimen from Jakub Plasil. In the collection of Brent Thorne
  • Vysočina Region
    • Žďár nad Sázavou District
      • Rožná
        • Rožná deposit
Pauliš P., Kopecký S., Černý P. 2007: Uranové minerály České Republiky a jejich naleziště. 2. část. (Kutna Hora, issue 2
France
 
  • Occitanie
    • Hérault
      • Lodève
[Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 1998, 2, p.13-26]
Le Règne Minéral, Hors Série IV (1998)
Norway
 
  • Buskerud
    • Krødsherad
      • Krøderen Lake
Collected by (Sigurd Stordal) & analyzed by (Pavel Kartashov)
Romania
 
  • Suceava Co.
    • Suceava district
Hîrtopanu P., Udubaşa G., Scott P., Hârtopanu I. (2004) Uranium sulphide mineralisation in the Bistriţa Mts., East Carpathians, Romania. Romanian Journal of Mineral Deposits 81:108-111
Russia
 
  • Adygea
Collected by Pavel Martynov & Tim Pashko in may 2012. EDS by Anatoly Kasatkin, XRD by Jakub Plasil.
Slovakia
 
  • Banská Bystrica Region
    • Banská Štiavnica Co.
Števko M., Sejkora J., Plášil J. (2012): Supergénna uránová mineralizácia na ložisku Banská Štiavnica (Slovenská republika). Bull. mineral.-petrolog. Odd. Nár. Muz. (Praha), 20, 1, 110-120 (in Slovak with English abstract).
USA
 
  • New Mexico
    • McKinley Co.
Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd Rev. Ed., 1996
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
        • Smith Lake Sub-district
NMBMMR Memoir 15 Geology and Technology of the Grants Uranium Region
  • Utah
    • San Juan Co.
      • White Canyon District
        • White Canyon
          • Fry Mesa
Handbook of Mineralogy, 2005.
  • Wyoming
    • Campbell Co.
Jim Hall, from Dr Howard Zeller's personal collection
    • Fremont Co.
      • Gas Hills District
Am Min 51:1567-1578
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