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Rutherfordine with Uranopilite

Rutherfordine is a hydrous uranyl carbonate. Marckwald (1906) The mineral name honors Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), New Zealand-English atomic physicist. Rutherford discovered radon, developed the concept of radioactive half-life, receiving the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

This specimen consists of straw-yellow rutherfordine crystals to 0.5 mm mostly covering a fracture surface on sandstone. Also present is later sulfur yellow uranopilite. An SEM-EDS spectrum indicating both high U and C contents corroborates the identification of rutherfordine. From the collection of E.R. Laskowski (1949-2020), a mining engineer who retired to Tucson, Arizona.

Price: $225

Item code: MS1861

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