|Crystal class||Prismatic (2/m)
(same H-M symbol)
|Unit cell||a = 12.45(6) Å, b = 12.96(3) Å,
c = 17.22(5) Å; β = 105.7°; Z = 4
|Formula mass||489.01 gram/mol|
|Color||Pale creamy yellow|
|Crystal habit||As lathlike to platy grains, in microcrystalline aggregates seams and crusts.|
|Mohs scale hardness||1-2|
|Luster||Adamantine - pearly|
|Optical properties||Biaxial (-)|
|Refractive index||nα = 1.550 nβ = 1.588 nγ = 1.590|
|Birefringence||δ = 0.040|
|Pleochroism||X = colorless; Y = Z = pale yellow. Orientation: Y = elongation of laths with positive elongation; Y at 8°-25° to elongation of laths with negative elongation.|
|2V angle||Measured: 28° to 43°, Calculated: 24°|
Coconinoite is a uranium ore that was discovered in Coconino County, Arizona. It is a phosphate mineral; or uranyl phosphate mineral along with other subclass uranium U6+ minerals like blatonite, boltwoodite, metazeunerite and rutherfordine.
The mineral has a white streak and a pale creamy yellow color. The mineral occurs as microscopic crystals, the largest found is 6 by 20 micrometers. It is a radioactive mineral, but not fluorescent. Upon heating for dehydration it is found that the mineral loses some of its SO2 at 600 to 800 °C.
It occurs in the oxidized zone of vanadium-poor Colorado Plateau-type uranium deposits of Utah and Arizona. It occurs in association with gypsum, jarosite, limonite, quartz, clay minerals and coalized wood at the Jomac mine, Utah.
Coconinite was first described in 1966 for occurrences in the Huskon Mines, Cameron, Cameron District and the Sun Valley Mine, Vermillion Cliffs District, Coconino County, Arizona. It was named for Coconino County.