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Blatonite

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About BlatoniteHide

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Dr. Norbert Blaton
Formula:
(UO2)CO3 · H2O
Colour:
Canary yellow
Lustre:
Silky
Hardness:
2 - 3
Specific Gravity:
4.05
Crystal System:
Hexagonal
Name:
Named in 1998 by R. Vochten and Michel Deliens in honor of Dr. Norbert Blaton [Zwalm, East-Flanders province, Belgium, May 25 1945-], crystallographer at the University of Leuven, Belgium, a specialist on the crystal structure of uranium minerals.
A secondary uranium mineral.
Chemically, simple uranyl(VI) carbonate monohydrate.


Classification of BlatoniteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
1997
First Published:
1998
5.EB.10

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
E : Uranyl Carbonates
B : UO2:CO3 = 1:1

Physical Properties of BlatoniteHide

Silky
Transparency:
Translucent
Colour:
Canary yellow
Streak:
White
Hardness:
2 - 3 on Mohs scale
Tenacity:
Flexible
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven
Density:
4.05 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.02 g/cm3 (Calculated)
Comment:
Measured in Clerici solution. Calculated value is based on ideal formula.

Optical Data of BlatoniteHide

Type:
Uniaxial (+)
RI values:
nω = 1.588(2) nε = 1.612(2)
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.024
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Pleochroism:
Non-pleochroic
Comments:
Length fast

Chemical Properties of BlatoniteHide

Formula:
(UO2)CO3 · H2O
IMA Formula:
(UO2)(CO3) · H2O

Crystallography of BlatoniteHide

Crystal System:
Hexagonal

Type Occurrence of BlatoniteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Very thin asbestiform aggegates; the bundles of needle-shaped subparallel fibers are up to 0.1 mm in width and 1 mm in length. Some crystals are fan-like and terminated.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:
Reference:
Vochten, R., Deliens, M. (1998) Blatonite, UO2CO3·H2O, a new uranyl carbonate monohydrate from San Juan County, Utah. The Canadian Mineralogist: 36: 1077-1081.

Synonyms of BlatoniteHide

Other Language Names for BlatoniteHide

German:Blatonit
Spanish:Blatonita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
1 photo of Blatonite associated with MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
1 photo of Blatonite associated with GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
1 photo of Blatonite associated with AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.EB.05Rutherfordine(UO2)CO3Orth. mm2 : Imm2
5.EB.15Joliotite(UO2)CO3 · nH2OOrth.
5.EB.20Bijvoetite-(Y)Y8(UO2)16(CO3)16O8(OH)8 · 39H2OMon.

Fluorescence of BlatoniteHide

Fluoresces strongly greenish yellow under 360 nm UV

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Soluble with effervescence in dilute mineral acids and in dilute organic acids such as acetic acid.
Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for BlatoniteHide

Reference List:
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Vochten, R., Deliens, M. (1998) Blatonite, UO2CO3·H2O, a new uranyl carbonate monohydrate from San Juan County, Utah. The Canadian Mineralogist: 36: 1077-1081.
Jambor, J.L., Roberts, A.C. (1999) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 84: 990-994.

Internet Links for BlatoniteHide

Localities for BlatoniteHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Czech Republic
 
  • Karlovy Vary Region
Jakub Plášil
Travis Olds collection
Germany
 
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirgskreis
      • Annaberg-Buchholz
        • Kleinrückerswalde
In the collection of Chuck Adan. Acquired from Hulmut Braith. Label states EDS and XRD analyzed. Doubtful source.
USA (TL)
 
  • Utah
    • San Juan Co.
      • White Canyon
Vochten, R., Deliens, M. (1998) Blatonite, UO2CO3·H2O, a new uranyl carbonate monohydrate from San Juan County, Utah. The Canadian Mineralogist: 36: 1077-1081.; Min News 14:10 p 4,4,7.; Mandarino, J.A. (1999) Abstracts of New Mineral Descriptions (Department). The Mineralogical Record: 30(3): 231-238.
 
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