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More properly spelled Saléeite, this mineral is named for Achille Salée, who was a Professor of Geology at the Catholic University of Louvain in Louvain, Belgium. Saleeite can be found in the oxidized zones of U-rich metallic hydrothermal deposits as well as some U-rich sedimentary deposits. Saleeite can be found in many localities. It is strongly radioactive.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/saleeite.pdf
Named for Reno H. Sales who was the Chief Geologist at the Anaconda Company and was responsible for the beginnings of development at the Chuquicamata, Chile where Salesite gets its type, and only, locality from. This rare mineral occurs at Chuquicamata in the oxidized portion of the copper porphyry. Salesite is associated with kaolinite and quartz.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/salesite.pdf
Named to honor Mat sample, a Mine Superintendent for the Chile Exploration Company at Chuquicamata, Chile. Found in few localities in oxidized portions of copper deposits of arid climates, as well as in caves as a result of the reaction between copper sulfides in the walls and phosphate from bat guano. Localities include, additionally, Australia, Namibia, and South Africa, among others.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/sampleite.pdf