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Boltwoodite

Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Boltwoodite is named after Bertram Borden Boltwood, an American radiochemist from Yale University. Superb crystals are mined in Namibia, easily recognized by their bright yellow crystals, needle-like and sprayed in arrangement or similar to radiating balls. They occur in uranium deposits and alaskite veins.

Distribution: Goanikontes in the Rössing Area produces magnificent examples of boltwoodite where it is mined especially specifically for mineral specimens. The criss-cross network of white alaskite dykes in the Khan River Gorge east of Swakopmund are an unusual example of rocks containing uranium minerals.

Composition: Silicate

Crystal system: Monoclinic.

Lustre: Pearly to vitreous.

Streak: Light yellow.

Hardness: 3.5-4.

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