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General Upalite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Al(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH)•7(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,186.12 gm
   Uranium     60.20 %  U    68.30 % UO2
   Aluminum     2.27 %  Al    4.30 % Al2O3
   Phosphorus   5.22 %  P    11.97 % P2O5
   Hydrogen     1.27 %  H    11.39 % H2O
   Oxygen      31.02 %  O
              ______        ______ 
              100.00 %       95.95 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Al(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH)•7(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: Rare secondary mineral in the oxidized uraniferous zone of a complex granite pegmatite.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1979
Help on Locality: Locality: Kobokobo pegmatite, Lusungu River district, Kivu Province, Congo (Zaire). Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for the Uranium, Phosphorus, and ALuminum in the composition.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Upalite Say UPALITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 40130
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  Upalite   Columbite-(Fe)

Comments: Thin translucent yellowish upalite crusts on a prismatic, black columbite crystal.
Location: Thin translucent yellowish crusts on undifferntiated columbite crystal. Scale: Picture Size 2 mm.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Upalite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.8147:1:0.5548
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 13.704, b = 16.82, c = 9.332, Z = 4; beta = 111.5° V = 2,001.36 Den(Calc)= 3.94
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Monoclinic - Prismatic H-M Symbol (2/m) Space Group: P 21/a
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 8.4(1), 3.43(0.8), 4.18(0.8),
 

Physical Properties of Upalite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {???} Perfect
Help on Color: Color: Brownish yellow.
Help on Density: Density: 3.5
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3 - Calcite
Help on Streak: Streak: light yellow
 

Optical Properties of Upalite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -0.376 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -0.222 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.1684,KPDmeas= 0.1896,KC= 0.1378
Ncalc = 1.48 - 1.54
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Biaxial (-), a=1.649, b=1.666, g=1.676, bire=0.0270, 2V(Calc)=74, 2V(Meas)=74.
 

Calculated Properties of Upalite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.44 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Upalite =3.94 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0044854827
Boson Index = 0.9955145173
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEUpalite =1,564.18 barns/electron
U=PEUpalite x relectron=5,382.86 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity:

GRapi = 4,482,150.14 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Concentration of Upalite per GRapi unit = 223.11 (PPB)

Upalite 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) 6.79 ± 1.70 grams of pure Upalite .
Estimated Maximum U.S. Postal Shipping Size (10 mRem/hr limit, Unshielded 100 cm box) 678.62 ±169.65 grams of pure Upalite .

Estimated Radioactivity from Upalite - 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 / 7.86 cm 107,764,311 2.91E-03 4,482,150.14 1,473.58
100 gm / 3.65 cm 10,776,431 2.91E-04 448,215.01 147.36
10 gm / 1.69 cm 1,077,643 2.91E-05 44,821.50 14.74
1 gm / 7.86 mm 107,764 2.91E-06 4,482.15 1.47
0.1 gm / 3.65 mm 10,776 2.91E-07 448.22 0.15
0.01 gm / 1.69 mm 1,078 2.91E-08 44.82 0.01
0.001 gm / 0.79 mm 108 2.91E-09 4.48 0.00

Weight of pure Upalite in grams (gm) and Calculated Diameter of a Sphere with a Density of 3.94 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
 

Upalite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 42.07.12.01 (42)Hydrated Phosphates, etc., Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
  (42.07)where (AB)5 (XO4)3 Zq � x(H2O)
  (42.07.12)Dana Group
 
42.07.12.01 Upalite Al(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH)•7(H2O) P 21/a 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 08.EC.05 08 - PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
  08.E - Uranyl Phosphates and Arsenates
  08.EC -UO2:RO4 = 3:2
 
08.EC.05 Francoisite-(Nd) (Nd,Y,Sm,Ce)(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH)•6(H2O) P 21/c 2/m
 
08.EC.05 Phuralumite Al2(UO2)3(PO4)2(OH)6•10(H2O) P 21/a 2/m
 
08.EC.05 Upalite Al(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH)•7(H2O) P 21/a 2/m
 
08.EC.05 Francoisite-(Ce)! (Ce,Nd,Ca)[(UO2)3O(OH)(PO4)2]•6(H2O) P 21/c 2/m
 

Other Upalite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic4) 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 Upalite :
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
16 - WWW-MINCRYST

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Upalite

Al(UO2)3(PO4)2O(OH)•7(H2O)
Dana No: 42.07.12.01 Strunz No: 08.EC.05
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