Heisenbergite

heisenbergite

billietite

joliotite

rutherfordine

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Formula: (UO2)(OH)2.H2O
Hydrated oxyhydroxide
Specific gravity: 5.14 calculated
Hardness: 2
Streak: Yellow
Colour: Yellow, yellow brown or orange brown
Solubility: Easily soluble in 1:1 hydrochloric acid and 1:1 nitric acid
Environments

Sedimentary environments
Hydrothermal environments

Heisenbergite is a secondary mineral formed by weathering, that was approved in 2011 (HOM).

Localities

At El Sherana mine, South Alligator River, West Arnhem Region, Northern Territory, Australia, heisenbergite occurs in a deep yellow to golden yellow incrustation on uraninite, anglesite and dumontite. In places, it is intimately intergrown with another yellow mineral, probably paraschoepite (AM 100.2007-2008).

At Jáchymov, Karlovy Vary District, Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic, heisenbergite forms thick, glassy orange-brown coatings up to 0.5 mm thick associated with uraninite, richetite, antlerite, zeunerite, metazeunerite, nováčekite and langite (AM 100.2007-2008).

At the type locality, the Krunkelbach Valley Uranium deposit, Menzenschwand, St Blasien, Waldshut, Freiburg Region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, heisenbergite occurs as a secondary mineral in crusts on baryte associated with quartz, uraninite, billietite, studtite, rutherfordine, joliotite, goethite and hematite (AM 100.2007-2008).

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