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General Saleeite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Mg(UO2)2(PO4)2•10(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 934.46 gm
   Magnesium    2.60 %  Mg    4.31 % MgO
   Uranium     50.94 %  U    57.79 % UO2
   Phosphorus   6.63 %  P    15.19 % P2O5
   Hydrogen     2.16 %  H    19.28 % H2O
   Oxygen      37.67 %  O
              ______        ______ 
              100.00 %       96.58 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Mg(UO2)2(PO4)2•10(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: Found disseminated in carnotite-bearing sandstone.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1932
Help on Locality: Locality: Shinkolobwe, Shaba, Zaire. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Achille Salee (1883-1932), mineralogist, Universite Louvain, Belgium.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Saleeite Say SALEEITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 40750
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Comments: Gossanous matrix hosting abundant crystals of bright canary yellow saléeite to 1.2 cm across.
Location: Ranger Mine, Northern Territories, Australia. Scale: 9 x 5.5 cm.
© John Veevaert

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Comments: Square, tabular crystalline aggregates of greenish yellow saléeite on matrix.
Location: Ranger Uranium Mine, Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia. Scale: Picture size 1cm.
© Paul M. Schumacher

Saleeite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:2.83024
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 7.01, c = 19.84, Z = 2; V = 974.94 Den(Calc)= 3.18
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (4/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: I 4/mmm
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 9.85(1), 3.49(0.9), 4.95(0.8),
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Forms: ( 0 1 2) ( 1 0 0) ( 0 0 1)

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Physical Properties of Saleeite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {001} Perfect, {010} Indistinct, {110} Indistinct
Help on Color: Color: Yellow, Yellow green, Olive green.
Help on Density: Density: 3.27
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Transparent to Translucent
Help on Habit: Habit: Aggregates - Made of numerous individual crystals or clusters.
Help on Habit: Habit: Tabular - Form dimensions are thin in one direction.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 2.5 - Finger Nail
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Fluorescent, Short UV=brilliant yellow green, Long UV=brilliant yellow green.
Help on Luster: Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Help on Streak: Streak: yellow white

Optical Properties of Saleeite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -0.087 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -0.117 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.1785,KPDmeas= 0.1736,KC= 0.1598
Ncalc = 1.51 - 1.52
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Biaxial (-), a=1.559, b=1.57, g=1.574, bire=0.0150, 2V(Calc)=60, 2V(Meas)=61. Dispersion r > v strong.
Help on Pleochroism (x): Pleochroism (x): colorless.
Help on Pleochroism (y): Pleochroism (y): colorless.
Help on Pleochroism (z): Pleochroism (z): pale greenish yellow.

Calculated Properties of Saleeite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=2.95 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Saleeite =3.27 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.006453053
Boson Index = 0.993546947
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PESaleeite =1,280.17 barns/electron
U=PESaleeite x relectron=3,780.92 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity:

GRapi = 3,922,096.05 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Concentration of Saleeite per GRapi unit = 254.97 (PPB)

Saleeite 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) 7.76 ± 1.94 grams of pure Saleeite .
Estimated Maximum U.S. Postal Shipping Size (10 mRem/hr limit, Unshielded 100 cm box) 775.52 ±193.88 grams of pure Saleeite .

Estimated Radioactivity from Saleeite - very strong
Curies (Ci)
If Held in Hand
For One Hour
1000 gm / 8.36 cm 91,191,402 2.46E-03 3,922,096.05 1,289.46
100 gm / 3.88 cm 9,119,140 2.46E-04 392,209.60 128.95
10 gm / 1.80 cm 911,914 2.46E-05 39,220.96 12.89
1 gm / 8.36 mm 91,191 2.46E-06 3,922.10 1.29
0.1 gm / 3.88 mm 9,119 2.46E-07 392.21 0.13
0.01 gm / 1.80 mm 912 2.46E-08 39.22 0.01
0.001 gm / 0.84 mm 91 2.46E-09 3.92 0.00

Weight of pure Saleeite in grams (gm) and Calculated Diameter of a Sphere with a Density of 3.27 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

Saleeite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 40.02a.11.01 (40)Hydrated Phosphates, etc
  (40.02a)where A++ (B++)2 (XO4) � x(H2O), containing (UO2)++
  (40.02a.11)Dana Group
40.02a.11.01 Saleeite Mg(UO2)2(PO4)2•10(H2O) I 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 08.EB.05 08 - PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
  08.E - Uranyl Phosphates and Arsenates
  08.EB -UO2:RO4 = 1:1
08.EB.05 Autunite Ca(UO2)2(PO4)2•10-12(H2O) I 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m
08.EB.05 Heinrichite Ba(UO2)2(AsO4)2•10-12(H2O) P 2/c 2/m
08.EB.05 Kahlerite Fe(UO2)2(AsO4)2•10-12(H2O) P 41/n 4/m
08.EB.05 Uranocircite Ba(UO2)2(PO4)2•12(H2O) P 4/nnc 4/m 2/m 2/m
08.EB.05 Novacekite Mg(UO2)2(AsO4)2•12(H2O) P 41/n 4/m
08.EB.05 Saleeite Mg(UO2)2(PO4)2•10(H2O) I 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m
08.EB.05 Xiangjiangite (Fe,Al)(UO2)4(PO4)2(SO4)2(OH)•22(H2O) C 2/c or Cc Mono
08.EB.05 Torbernite Cu(UO2)2(PO4)2•8-12(H2O) I 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m
08.EB.05 Uranospinite Ca(UO2)2(AsO4)2•10(H2O) P nma 2/m 2/m 2/m
08.EB.05 Zeunerite Cu(UO2)2(AsO4)2•10-16(H2O) P 4/nnc 4/m 2/m 2/m
08.EB.05 Metarauchite! Ni(UO2)2(AsO4)2•8H2O P1 1

Other Saleeite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(Dana8)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Saleeite :
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
15 - Uranium Minerals

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Dana No: 40.02a.11.01 Strunz No: 08.EB.05





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