Polycrase

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Polycrase
Polycrase-(Y)-619586.jpg
General
CategoryMineral
Formula
(repeating unit)
(Y,Ca,Ce,U,Th)(Ti,Nb,Ta)2O6
Identification
Mohs scale hardness5-6
Specific gravity5


Polycrase or polycrase-(Y) is a black or brown metallic complex uranium yttrium oxide mineral with formula: (Y,Ca,Ce,U,Th)(Ti,Nb,Ta)2O6. It is amorphous. It has a Mohs hardness of 5 to 6 and a specific gravity of 5. It is radioactive due to its uranium content (around 6%). It occurs in granitic pegmatites.

Polycrase forms a continuous series with the niobium rich rare earth oxide euxenite.

It was first described in 1870 at Rasvag, Hidra (Hittero) Island, near Flekkefjord, Norway. It is found in Sweden, Norway, and the United States.

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