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Chernobylite is a technogenic mineral, a crystalline zirconium silicate with high (up to 10%) content of uranium as a solid solution.

It was discovered in the corium produced in the Chernobyl accident, a lava-like glassy material formed in the nuclear meltdown of reactor core 4.[1][2][3] Chernobylite is highly radioactive due to its high uranium content and contamination by fission products.


  1. ^ United States. Joint Publications Research Service; United States. Foreign Broadcast Information Service (1991). USSR report: Chemistry. Joint Publications Research Service. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Richard Francis Mould (1 May 2000). Chernobyl Record: The Definitive History of the Chernobyl Catastrophe. CRC Press. pp. 128–. ISBN 978-0-7503-0670-6. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Valeriy Soyfer "Chernobylite: Technogenic Mineral", Khimiya i Zhizn', No 11, Nov. 1990, p. 12, in Science & Technology USSR: Chemistry. JPRS Report. 27 March 1991. p. 29.

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