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                          Roger Weller, geology instructor

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Mineral Information on:
carnotite

Chemical Group:  uranate/vanadate

Chemical Formula:   
K2O.2UO3.V2O5.2H2O


Color:  bright yellow to lemon yellow
 

Luster: dull or earthy                                                                        

 

Hardness:                 Specific Gravity:  4 to 5                

Cleavage:  one direction

 

Crystal Forms and Habits:  Monoclinic system
    Carnotite most commonly occurs as a powdery coating.

Mineral Associations:

Identifying Characteristics: bright yellow color and radioactive

Uses:  uranium ore

Occurrences: 

Toxicity:      when-swallowed- high       when inhaled- very high

Additional Information: