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General Piretite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ca(UO2)3(SeO3)2(OH)4-4(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,244.17 gm
   Calcium    3.22 %  Ca    4.51 % CaO
   Uranium   57.39 %  U    65.11 % UO2
   Hydrogen   0.97 %  H     8.69 % H2O
   Selenium  12.69 %  Se   17.84 % SeO2
   Oxygen    25.72 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %       96.14 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Ca(UO2)3(SeO3)2(OH)4•4(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: In the alteration zone.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1996 (Dana # Added)
Help on Locality: Locality: Shinkolobwe uranium deposit, Shaba, Zaire. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: For Dr. Paul Piret (1932- ), Professor of Crystallography, University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Piretite Say PIRETITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: IMA1996-002