Uraninite

uraninite

zircon

monazite-(Ce)

thorianite

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Formula: UO2
Simple oxide, uranium mineral, forms a series with thorianite
Specific gravity: 9.1 - 10.6
Hardness: 6
Streak: Black
Colour: Black, grey, brownish
Solubility: Slightly soluble in hydrochloric acid; moderately soluble in sulphuric and nitric acid
Common impurities: Th,Zr,Pb,Ra,Ac,Po,Ce,Y,Er,La
RADIOACTIVE
Environments:

Pegmatites
Hydrothermal environments

Uraninite occurs as a primary mineral in granite and syenite pegmatites, in high temperature hydrothermal veins and in quartz pebble conglomerates (Webmin). In pegmatites uraninite is associated with zircon, monazite, tourmaline, mica and feldspar (HOM, Dana). In hydrothermal veins it is associated with pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, bismuth, silver, nickeline, baryte, fluorite and carbonates (HOM).

At the Eldorado mine, Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada, uraninite occurs in veins with native silver (Dana).

At the Shinkolobwe Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove District, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo, good specimens of sheet and wire gold associated with uraninite have been (R&M 96.3.220).

The type locality is Jáchymov, Karlovy Vary District, Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic.

At Placeres de Guadalupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, uraninite occurs with gold (Dana).

At the Longs Peak - St Vrain batholith near Jamestown, Jamestown District, Boulder county, Colorado, USA, centimetre to decimetre sized mineralised pods and veins consist of zoned mineral assemblages dominated by fluorbritholite-(Ce) in a core 10 cm thick, with monazite-(Ce), fluorite and minor quartz, uraninite and sulphides. The core is surrounded by a typically millimetre thick rim of allanite-(Ce), with minor monazite-(Ce) in the inner part of the rim. Bastnäsite-(Ce), törnebohmite-(Ce) and cerite-(Ce) appear in an intermediate zone between core and rim, often just a few hundreds of microns wide (R&M 96.3.252-253).

At the Emmons pegmatite, Greenwood, Oxford county, Maine, USA, uraninite has been found rarely in massive microcline, commonly replaced by schoepite-group minerals and other secondary uranium minerals. In the proximity of uraninite, autunite and meta-autunite are seen. The Emmons pegmatite is situated in a belt of metasedimentary rocks which originated as marine sediments which were subsequently deformed and metamorphosed. The Emmons pegmatite is a highly evolved boron-lithium-cesium-tantalum enriched pegmatite (R&M 94.6.516).

At the pegmatites on Noyes Mountain, Greenwood, Oxford county, Maine, USA, uraninite is found in a garnet layer in masses to 1.5 cm, associated with coffinite and less commonly with autinite and meta-autinite. Accessory zircon, monazite and xenotime group species are intimately associated with the uranium assemblage (R&M 95.3.271).

At the the Chickering Mine, Walpole, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, USA, a single sample of uraninite has been found with zircon in a pegmatite (R&M 90.5.421).

At the Ruggles pegmatite, Grafton county, New Hampshire, USA, uraninite occurs intergrown with albite-rich feldspar or with muscovite, and associated with smoky quartz, curite and uranophane (Dana, AM 23.334-341).

At Baringer hill, Llano county, Texas, USA, uraninite occurs in a pegmatite with gadolinite (Dana).

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