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Mineral Information on:
meta-autunite

Chemical Group:  phosphate

Chemical Formula:  
Ca(UO2)2(PO4)2.2-6H2O    Radioactive!

Color:   lemon-yellow, greenish yellow, canary yellow                                                                      

 

Hardness:   1 to 2              Specific Gravity:     3.5            

Fracture:   uneven

Luster:  vitrous to pearly to dull

Cleavage:  1 direction

Crystals: Tetragonal system, forms square plates

Crystal Forms:  Tetragonal system: tabular square plates
                               forms pseudomorphic crystals after autunite

Mineral Associations:

Identifying Characteristics:  bright yellow green color, square plates

Uses:  uranium ore

Occurrences: 

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-                            when inhaled-

Additional Information:  HIGHLY FLUORESCENT- bright green