Carnotite

Carnotite

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Caption: Carnotite (bright yellow) in a host rock. This radioactive mineral is an important ore of uranium and vanadium. It is most often found in sandstone deposits and is a secondary mineral, formed by the alteration of primary uranium-vanadium minerals. This sample, from Colorado, USA, measures 65 millimetres across.

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Keywords: american, carnotite, colorado, crystal, crystalline, crystals, geological, geology, host rock, mineral, mineralogy, north america, radioactive, rock, secondary mineral, united states, uranium ore, usa, vanadate mineral, vanadium ore

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