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Saleeite

Phosphate mineral

Saleeite is a secondary uranium mineral occurring in the oxidized zones of uranium deposits, or as disseminations in carnotite. Its chemical formula is Mg(UO2)2(PO4)2·10(H2O).

It was discovered in 1932 at Shinkolobwe , Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is named for Belgian mineralogist Achille Salée (1883-1932), Professor at Université catholique de Louvain. It was later determined that the Katanga mineral was meta-saleeite Mg(UO2)2(PO4)2·8(H2O) and the type locality was assigned to the Weißer Hirsch Mine, Neustädtel, Schneeberg, Germany

Identification

Color of mineral

Yellow
Green

Density ( specific gravity )

1.554
1.57
1.571

Luster ( interacts light )

Adamantine
Waxy

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic

Radioactive

Radioactive