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Derriksite

Derriksite

Named for Jean Marie Francois Joseph Derriks, a Belgian mineralogist who studied the uranium deposit at Shinkolobwe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is the same country where Derriksite finds its type and only locality at the Musonoi mine at Kolwezi in the Katanga Copper Crescent. It occurs there in the oxidized selenium-bearing copper-cobalt deposit. Associated minerals include selenian digenite, chalcomenite, demesmaekerite, and malachite. Derriksite is quite radioactive.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/derriksite.pdf

Formula
Cu4(UO2)(Se4+O3)2(OH)6 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Cleavage
Perfect, Good, None 
Color
bottle green, green 
Class
Orthorhombic - Pyramidal 
Hardness
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Derriksite from Musonoi mine, Kolwezi, Shaba Cu belt, Democratic Republic of Congo

Derriksite
            from Musonoi mine, Kolwezi, Shaba Cu belt, Democratic Republic of Congo

Spike like, prismatic crystals of dark green Derriksite to about 0.6mm in Malachite matrix

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