Specific gravity: 4.67
Streak: Light yellow
Colour: Light yellow
Solubility: Soluble in hot hydrochloric acid
Metastudtite is an extremely rare secondary mineral,
formed by dehydration of studtite and found on museum specimens of
dolomite and uraninite, from the
oxidised zone of a uranium deposit. Associated minerals include uraninite,
becquerelite, masuyite and
At the type locality, the Shinkolobwe Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove District, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo,
The first sample is a grey brecciated and deeply altered dolostone. The surface is almost completely covered with a coating in which the following minerals have been identified: grey fibres of rutherfordine, prismatic tablets of amber yellow becquerelite, red pseudohexagonal crystals of masuyite, red-orange short crystals of kasolite and red microcrystals of wölsendorfite; two small radiated nodules of metastudtite, about 1.2 mm in diameter, occur on the wölsendorfite.
The second sample is a massive block of purple black uraninite, with one face covered with a yellow coating mainly composed of needles of uranophane and short crystals of soddyite. A few aggregates of silky, pale yellow fibres of metastudtite up to 3 mm in length are mixed with the uranophane. A few orange nodules of kasolite and powdered yellow uranopilite complete the association (AM 68.456-458).
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