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Cuprosklodowskite

Uranium mineral

Cuprosklodowskite is a secondary uranium mineral formed by alteration of earlier uranium minerals. Its empirical formula is Cu(UO2)2(HSiO4)2·6(H2O). Cuprosklodowskite is a nesosilicate mineral, It is grass green to dark green in color, and its crystal habit is typically acicular , flat bladed crystals. It is a strongly radioactive mineral.

Cuprosklodowskite was discovered in 1933 at the Kalongwe deposit in (then) Katanga province , the type locality. It was named in the mistaken belief that the mineral was the copper analogue of sklodowskite , which in turn was named for Marie Skłodowska Curie (1867–1934).

It occurs in association with becquerelite , brochantite, vandenbrandeite and compreignacite

Identification

Color of mineral

Yellow
Green

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

4

The streak

Yellow

Density ( specific gravity )

1.654
1.664
1.664

Luster ( interacts light )

Dull
Silky

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Triclinic

Radioactive

Radioactive