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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 12:23    Post subject: Radioactive minerals  

Hello,
Welcome to Benjamin, a radioactive minerals lover...
Here is a nice group of radioactive minerals of Katanga. This is an association with an exceptional quality of billietite, studtite and uranophane. These uranyl minerals come from Shinkolobwe (Katanga - DRC).
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Billietite-studt5105_R.jpg
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Billietite, studtite, uranophane
Shinkolobwe, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre).
Exceptional piece
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Billietite-studt5105_R.jpg


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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 14:16    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Very beautifull !!

My contribution...



P1090238.JPG
 Description:
Autunite
Lignol, Morbihan, Brittany Area, Armoric Massif, France.
35*25 mm
 Viewed:  21437 Time(s)

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P1090232.JPG
 Description:
Zeunerite with Tyrolite
Rabéjac, Hérault, Central Massif, France.
20*15 mm
 Viewed:  21425 Time(s)

P1090232.JPG



P1090235.JPG
 Description:
Uranophane-B with Mixite
Rabéjac, Hérault, Central Massif, France.
15*10 mm
 Viewed:  21423 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 15:48    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Hi, Roger, Benj, et al.,
Thanks for sharing the pictures. If I may, just a suggestion? For those of us who'd like to look at them but may not be 100% familiar with all uranium minerals--it would be extra helpful for your captions to clarify which mineral is which. Especially for these, because there are so many of these minerals in similar colors of yellow and green! For example, I THINK the studtite is the large orange crystals, but I'm not completely certain. It will save us from jumping back & forth to mindat to compare colors and crystal habits with the photos!
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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 15:59    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Hello Pete,

-Zeunerite = green
-Tyrolite (no radioactive) = blue.

-Uranophane = yellow.
-Mixite = blue


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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 16:18    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Thanks, Benjamin! (I was pretty sure of those ones...)
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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 21:37    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

A few Canadian representatives. The thorite went in prematurely (Kemp Prospect is near Cheddar, Ontario, Canada and the thorite is 4 cm. across.)


0378302-R3-E199.jpg
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Betafite
Silver Crater Mine near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
 Viewed:  21326 Time(s)

0378302-R3-E199.jpg



0378302-R3-E200.jpg
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Zircons (slightly radioactive) with betafite
Silver Crater Mine
(1 cm ring)
 Viewed:  21337 Time(s)

0378302-R3-E200.jpg



0378302-R3-E202.jpg
 Description:
Silver Crater entrance road in April
 Viewed:  21307 Time(s)

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0378302-R3-E201.jpg
 Description:
Brett M. and Jay M. at Silver Crater
 Viewed:  21335 Time(s)

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0378302-R3-E204.jpg
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Thorite
Kemp Prospect, Cardiff Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada
 Viewed:  21330 Time(s)

0378302-R3-E204.jpg



0378302-R3-E206.jpg
 Description:
Thorite
Kemp Prospect, Cardiff Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

Thorite in calcite matrix
 Viewed:  21305 Time(s)

0378302-R3-E206.jpg



0378302-R3-E209.jpg
 Description:
Uraninite
Fission Mine area, Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada
4 cm (larger crystal)
 Viewed:  21312 Time(s)

0378302-R3-E209.jpg



0378302-R3-E212.jpg
 Description:
J.M. in uraninite-apatite-massive fluorite pocket. Wilberforce, Cardiff Twp., Ontario, Canada
 Viewed:  21326 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 21:54    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

One from the USA.


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Samarskite
Webb Mine, Yancey Co., North Carolina, USA
4.5X2.6 cm
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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 22:32    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Fantastic Silver Crater betafite, John! Have you ever seen twinned zircon from there?
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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2013 22:52    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

I haven't found any twinned zircons from there, Ru, but have not spent much time in the zircon-rich area which is somewhat harder rock in general.
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PostPosted: Mar 04, 2013 01:55    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

John Medici wrote:
A few Canadian representatives. The thorite went in prematurely (Kemp Prospect is near Cheddar, Ontario, Canada and the thorite is 4 cm. across.)


Awesome betafite and thorite crystals!!

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PostPosted: Mar 04, 2013 03:18    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you !!
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PostPosted: Mar 04, 2013 06:20    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Other...


P1090165.JPG
 Description:
Betafite
Betafo, Madagascar
14*12 mm
 Viewed:  21174 Time(s)

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P1080732.JPG
 Description:
Cuprosklodowskite
Musonoï, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre).
length= 45 mm
 Viewed:  21175 Time(s)

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Cuprosklodowskite
Musonoï, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre).
length = 45 mm
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PostPosted: Mar 04, 2013 20:49    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Wow, what a lode of thorite crystals!
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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2013 17:25    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Pete Modreski wrote:
Wow, what a lode of thorite crystals!
Yes Pete, we got a bit irradiated ourselves on that dig! The Grenville rocks around Bancroft have a reputation for producing large, ugly crystals in general. I'll add another photo to illustrate that some pretty crystals are there also. (plus another photo and a bit of trivia).


0378302-R3-E196.jpg
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Uranophane
Faraday Uranium mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
Field of view 6 cm across
 Viewed:  20921 Time(s)

0378302-R3-E196.jpg



0378302-R3-E198.jpg
 Description:
Joey Galt around 1100 ft. down in Faraday Mine. (Joey's husband Eric had his ID stolen by James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, during his flight to Canada)
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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2013 05:21    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Nice and very interesting photo John !

Here the uraninite (petchblend), kindly donated by a former geologist engineer of CEA (french Atomic Energy Agency) and BRGM (french agency of géological and mining research).

He found in 1956.

Attention : do not put it under his pillow ! LOL.



P1080054.JPG
 Description:
Uraninite, Gummite
Ty Gallen Mine, Morbihan, Brittany Area, France.
70*50 mm

Uraninite (black) with Gummite (brown and yellow)
 Viewed:  20876 Time(s)

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P1080055.JPG
 Description:
Uraninite, Gummite
Ty Gallen Mine, Morbihan, Brittany Area, France.
70*50 mm

Uraninite (black) with Gummite (brown and yellow)
Same specimen
 Viewed:  20861 Time(s)

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P1080056.JPG
 Description:
Uraninite, Gummite
Ty Gallen Mine, Morbihan, Brittany Area, France.
70*50 mm

Uraninite (black) with Gummite (brown and yellow)
Same specimen
 Viewed:  20886 Time(s)

P1080056.JPG



P1080057.JPG
 Description:
Uraninite, Gummite
Ty Gallen Mine, Morbihan, Brittany Area, France.
70*50 mm

Uraninite (black) with Gummite (brown and yellow)
Same specimen
 Viewed:  20864 Time(s)

P1080057.JPG



P1080058.JPG
 Description:
Uraninite, Gummite
Ty Gallen Mine, Morbihan, Brittany Area, France.
45*30 mm

Uraninite (black) with Gummite (brown and yellow)
 Viewed:  20861 Time(s)

P1080058.JPG



P1080059.JPG
 Description:
Uraninite, Gummite
Ty Gallen Mine, Morbihan, Brittany Area, France.
45*30 mm

Uraninite (black) with Gummite (brown and yellow)
Same specimen
 Viewed:  20897 Time(s)

P1080059.JPG



P1080060.JPG
 Description:
Uraninite, Gummite
Ty Gallen Mine, Morbihan, Brittany Area, France.
45*30 mm

Uraninite (black) with Gummite (brown and yellow)
Same specimen
 Viewed:  20873 Time(s)

P1080060.JPG


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PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 08:37    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

up :)

Autunite with ultraviolet rays



P1070626.JPG
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Autunite
Davignac, Limousin Area, Central Massif, France.
45*40 mm
 Viewed:  20581 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 13:13    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

A recent acquisition appropiate to this thread, a great piece with good crystallisation...


PICT7570.JPG
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Betafite
Betafo, Madagascar
6x5x3 cm.
 Viewed:  20565 Time(s)

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PICT7571.JPG
 Description:
Betafite
Betafo, Madagascar
6x5x3 cm.
 Viewed:  20559 Time(s)

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 Description:
Betafite
Betafo, Madagascar
6x5x3 cm.
 Viewed:  20548 Time(s)

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PICT7573.JPG
 Description:
Betafite
Betafo, Madagascar
6x5x3 cm.
 Viewed:  20545 Time(s)

PICT7573.JPG



PICT7574.JPG
 Description:
Betafite
Betafo, Madagascar
6x5x3 cm.
 Viewed:  20565 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 16:42    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

waooh, great betafite ;)
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PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 19:18    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Thanks Benjamin, I'm glad you like it.
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PostPosted: Mar 16, 2013 09:30    Post subject: Re: Radioactive minerals  

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for this thread, I especially enjoyed the digging photos!

All the very best,

John
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