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crocoite



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:23 am    Post subject: Hot Stuff - A Uranium Phosphate... Reply with quote

Hi all

Been doing a bit more mineral photography and this one I think is particularly nice. It's a specimen of torbernite, a copper uranium phosphate, from a granite quarry at Lake Boga, Victoria, Australia. It would set off a Geiger counter ok.



Field of view is 2mm. Camera Sony DSC-P150 through Olympus microscope.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that little thing is radioactive! Awesome! Can it be refined and enriched I wonder, is it fissionable? Nice photograph. Very Happy I know little about such things but I find those that might possibly have nuclear applications quite interesting. Harry Truman did too! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ken

You could do all of that if you had enough of the stuff. It's usually the primary uranium minerals that are mined though, not secondary ones like this one. This locality doesn't have any where near enough. I did come across an interesting magazine article once (from the 1960s) that talked about the roads nearby being "hot". The quarry material is primarily for road base.

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