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Metazellerite Mineral Data

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General Metazellerite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ca(UO2)(CO3)2•3(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 484.17 gm
   Calcium    8.28 %  Ca   11.58 % CaO
   Uranium   49.16 %  U    55.77 % UO2
   Hydrogen   1.25 %  H    11.16 % H2O
   Carbon     4.96 %  C    18.18 % CO2
   Oxygen    36.35 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %       96.70 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Ca(UO2)(CO3)2•3(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: Sediment-hosted uranium mine.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1966
Help on Locality: Locality: Lucky Mc mine, Gas Hills, Wyoming, USA. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for the relationship to zellerite (after Howard D. Zeller (1922-), U.S Geological Survey.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Metazellerite + Pronunciation Say METAZELLERITE
 

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  Metazellerite   Voglite

Comments: Pale yellow crystalline metazellerite in matrix, with green voglite.
Location: White Canyon #1 Mine, Frey Point, San Juan County, Utah, USA. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Metazellerite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.5331:1:0.2724
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 9.718, b = 18.226, c = 4.965, Z = 4; V = 879.40 Den(Calc)= 3.66
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic Space Group: Pbn21,Pbnm
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 9.1(1), 3.794(0.5), 4.695(0.36),
 

Physical Properties of Metazellerite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {???} Good
Help on Color: Color: Light yellow.
Help on Density: Density: 3.414
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 2 - Gypsum
Help on Luster: Luster: Earthy (Dull)
Help on Streak: Streak: yellow white
 

Optical Properties of Metazellerite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -0.172 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -0.094 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.171,KPDmeas= 0.1834,KC= 0.1564
Ncalc = 1.53 - 1.57
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Biaxial (?), b=1.626
 

Calculated Properties of Metazellerite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.30 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Metazellerite =3.66 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0043735457
Boson Index = 0.9956264543
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEMetazellerite =1,239.83 barns/electron
U=PEMetazellerite x relectron=4,086.31 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity:

GRapi = 3,773,586.16 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Concentration of Metazellerite per GRapi unit = 265.00 (PPB)

Metazellerite is Radioactive as defined in 49 CFR 173.403. Greater than 70 Bq / gram.

Estimated Maximum U.S. Postal Shipping Size (10 mRem/hr limit, Unshielded 10 cm box) 8.06 ± 2.02 grams of pure Metazellerite .
Estimated Maximum U.S. Postal Shipping Size (10 mRem/hr limit, Unshielded 100 cm box) 806.04 ±201.51 grams of pure Metazellerite .

Estimated Radioactivity from Metazellerite - very strong
Specimen
Size
Weight/Volume
(Sphere)
*
Calculated
Activity
Bequerols
(Bq)
Calculated
Activity
Curies (Ci)
Estimated
Activity
GR(api)
Estimated
Exposure
(mRem**)/hr
If Held in Hand
For One Hour
1000 gm / 8.05 cm 88,000,451 2.38E-03 3,773,586.16 1,240.63
100 gm / 3.74 cm 8,800,045 2.38E-04 377,358.62 124.06
10 gm / 1.73 cm 880,005 2.38E-05 37,735.86 12.41
1 gm / 8.05 mm 88,000 2.38E-06 3,773.59 1.24
0.1 gm / 3.74 mm 8,800 2.38E-07 377.36 0.12
0.01 gm / 1.73 mm 880 2.38E-08 37.74 0.01
0.001 gm / 0.81 mm 88 2.38E-09 3.77 0.00

Weight of pure Metazellerite in grams (gm) and Calculated Diameter of a Sphere with a Density of 3.66 gm/cc.*
Goverment Estimate of Average Annual Exposure ( 360 mRem) **
Note: 10 microsieverts/hr = 1 mRem/hr **
Max Permissable Adult Dose 50,000 mRem/yr (hands), 15,000 mRem/yr (eyes)
Lethal Dose LD(50) Exposure 400,000 to 500,000 mRem
 

Metazellerite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 15.03.01.02 (15)Hydrated Carbonates
  (15.03)where A+m B++n (XO3)p � x(H2O), (m+n):p = 1:1 and containing U, Th, Zr, Y
  (15.03.01)Dana Group
 
15.03.01.01 Zellerite Ca(UO2)(CO3)2•5(H2O) Pbnm,Pbn21 Ortho
 
15.03.01.02 Metazellerite Ca(UO2)(CO3)2•3(H2O) Pbn21,Pbnm Ortho
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 05.EC.10 05 - CARBONATES (NITRATES)
  05.E - Uranyl Carbonates
  05.EC -UO2:CO3 < 1:1 - 1:2
 
05.EC.10 Metazellerite Ca(UO2)(CO3)2•3(H2O) Pbn21,Pbnm Ortho
 
05.EC.10 Zellerite Ca(UO2)(CO3)2•5(H2O) Pbnm,Pbn21 Ortho
 

Other Metazellerite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Metazellerite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - EUROmin Project
4 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
5 - GeoScienceWorld
6 - Google Images
7 - Google Scholar
8 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
10 - MinDAT
11 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
12 - Online Mineral Museum
13 - QUT Mineral Atlas
14 - Ruff.Info

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Metazellerite

Ca(UO2)(CO3)2•3(H2O)
Dana No: 15.03.01.02 Strunz No: 05.EC.10
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