Derriksite

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Derriksite
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Crystals of copper-uranium-selenite derriksite (bottle green) on a bed of malachite, the matrix is selenium-rich digenite
General
Category Oxide minerals
Formula
(repeating unit)
Cu4(UO2)(SeO3)2(OH)6•H2O
Strunz classification 4.JG.30
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Crystal class Pyramidal (mm2)
H-M symbol: (mm2)
Space group Pn21m
Identification
Colour Bottle green, green
Cleavage {???} perfect, {010} good
Diaphaneity Translucent
Specific gravity 4.72

Derriksite is a very rare uranium mineral with the chemical formula Cu4(UO2)(SeO3)2(OH)6•H2O. It is a secondary mineral that contains copper, uranium and the rarer selenium. It is a bright green to duller bottle green colour. Its crystal habit is acicular, it is most likely to be found along with the uranyl selenium mineral demesmaekerite, but derriksite is much rarer than demesmaekerite. It is named after Jean Marie Francois Joseph Derriks (1912–1992), geologist and administrator of the Union Minière du Haut Katanga (UMHK). It has a Mohs hardness of about 2.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derriksite". mindat.org. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 

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