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Phurcalit a uranofán-beta z Ruprechtic u Liberce (Česká republika)

Title in English Phurcalite and uranophane-beta from Ruprechtice near Liberec (Czech Republic)

SEJKORA Jiří TVRDÝ Jaromír MAI Vojtěch

Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Bulletin Mineralogie Petrologie
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Keywords phurcalite; uranophane-beta; uranium minerals; unit-cell parameters; chemical composition; Ruprechtice; Czech Republic
Description A rare uranium supergene minerals, phurcalite and uranophane-beta, were found in association with metaautunite at fissures of granitoid rocks in the active Wagner quarry in Ruprechtice near Liberec (northern Bohemia, Czech Republic). Phurcalite occurs there as bright to deep yellow coatings with an area up to 10 × 3 mm in size composed of acicular to columnar crystals up to 0.5 mm in length. It is orthorhombic, space group Pbca, the unit-cell parameters refined from X-ray powder diffraction data are: a 17.3973(18), b 16.0161(15), c 13.5693(19) A, V 3780.9(5) A3. Chemical analyses of phurcalite correspond to the empirical formula Ca2.20(UO2)3.06(PO4)1.96(AsO4)0.04O2.26·7H2O. Uranophane- beta forms a relatively abundant pale yellow coatings of up to 2 × 2 cm in size composed of translucent to transparent acicular crystals with a vitreous lustre and a length of up to 0.2 mm. It is monoclinic, space group P21/a, the unit-cell parameters refined from X-ray powder diffraction data are: a 13.959(2), b 15.5420(16), c 6.6227(9) A, ß 91.43(1)o and V 1436.3(2) A3. Chemical analyses of uranophane-beta correspond to the empirical formula Ca1.09(UO2)1.99[(SiO3OH)1.68(PO4)0.29(AsO4)0.03]?2.00·5H2O. Metaautunite occurs there as abundant light yellow aggregates with an area up to some cm2 in size composed of tiny (up to 0.5 mm) tabular crystals or rarely as well-developed individual tabular crystals up to several mm in size. It clearly differs from other minerals in the association by very strong yellow-green luminescence in both short- and long-wave UV radiation. It is tetragonal, space group P4/nmm, the unit-cell parameters refined from X-ray powder diffraction data are: a 7.006(2), c 16.899(4) A and V 829.4(6) (5) A3. Chemical analyses of metaautunite correspond to the empirical formula Ca1.03(UO2)2.09(PO4)1.96(AsO4)0.04·6H2O.
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