Online Museum: Radioactive Minerals

Many of the specimens below are available for sale upon special request and are priced from $1,000 and up, depending upon the size and rarity of the specimen. Please contact us for more information.  Due to Customs regulations, international sales are not available for these specimens. 

The Congo

It was from the Shinkolobwe mine in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the United States acquired Uranium to supply the Manhattan Project. This area, considered a freak of nature, has some of the richest, most beautiful and hottest Uranium minerals to be found anywhere in the world. Each of the Uranium minerals below are from this region of the Congo and are from old collections that were put together before the mines were officially closed, flooded and sealed. As shown in the photos below, the colors and activity levels of these specimens are truly unique. 

Fourmarierite. 180 grams. 360,000 CPM and 150 mR/hr.

Torbernite. 652 grams. 400,000 CPM and 175 mR/hr.

Cuprosklodowskite with Malachite: 120 grams. 120,000 CPM and 35 mR/hr.


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Rutherfordine and Schoepite: 58 grams. 150,000 CPM and 55 mR/hr.

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Vandenbrandeite with Schoepite on Cuprosklodowskite from The Congo: 66 grams. 340,000 CPM and 125 mR/hr. 

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Sklodowskite: 105 grams. 320,000 CPM and 125 mR/hr.

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Kasolite: 18 grams. 220,000 CPM and 70 mR/hr.

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Parsonite: 35 grams. 320,000 CPM and 125 mR/hr.

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Torbernite: 140 grams. 420,000 CPM and 175 mR/hr.


Canada

Bags of Uranium ore were ferried by  miners working at  Port Radium from the Eldorado mine across Great Bear Lake. The crushed ore was refined in Port Hope, Ontario. This ore also fed the Manhattan project.  As shown in the photos below,  these specimens are incredibly high grade examples of essentially pure Pitchblende / Uraninite.  The last two photos from the January 14, 1946 issues of “Life Magazine” show the the mines in the area after the end of World War II.

Uraninite with Chalcopyrite from Great Bear Lake. 378 grams. 200,000 CPM and 50 mR/hr.

Pitchblende with Slight Botryoidal Texture from Great Bear Lake. 156 grams. 320,000 CPM and 125 mR/hr. 

Pitchblende from Great Bear Lake. 112 grams. 340,000 CPM and 130 mR/hr. 

Huge Uraninite from Dennison Mine at Elliott Lake Ontario. Over 3,600 grams (8 pounds). 380,000 CPM and 160 mR/hr.

 


Germany

Classic example of pure, rich, heavy and dense Uraninite from Saxony Germany.  Wismut was a uranium mining company active in Saxony during the cold war. It produced a total of 230,400 tons of uranium between 1947 and 1990 and made East Germany the fourth largest producer of uranium ore in the world at the time.

Massive Uraninite in matrix from Saxony, Germany. 807 grams. 380,000 CPM and 150 mR/hr. 

Uraninite from Schlema, Germany. 240,000 CPM and 80 mR/hr. 



The Czech Republic

This region of the world in considered the birthplace of large-scale Uranium mining. The botryoidal specimens from these locations are incredibly active. Several localities in Czechoslovakia were mined by the former Soviet Union during the cold war. The largest deposits were in Pribram and these locations yielded about 50,000 tons of Uranium.

Botryoidal Pitchblende from Bukov, Rozzna Deposit in the Czech Republic: 93 grams. 200,000 CPM and 50 mR/hr.

Uraninite from Mine #3, Kamenna Shaft, Pribram, Czech Republic: 86 grams. 250,000 CPM and 90 mR/hr.

Uraninite from Mine #3, Kamenna Shaft, Pribram, Czech Republic: 147 grams. 250,000 CPM and 90 mR/hr.

Botryoidal Pitchblende / Uraninite from Pribram in the Czech Republic: 251 grams. 500,000 CPM and 220 mR/hr.

Pitchblende from Pribram in the Czech Republic: 115 grams. 400,000 CPM and 150 mR/hr.

Botryoidal Uraninite from Pribram in the Czech Republic: 177 grams. 440,000 CPM and 175 mR/hr.

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Botryoidal Uraninite from Pribram in the Czech Republic: 148 grams. 340,000 CPM and 125 mR/hr.

Radianbaryte from Lahost in the Czech Republic: 362 grams. 2,500 CPM and 1 mR/hr.


England

Pitchblende from Cornwall England. 107 grams. 100,000 CPM and 30 mR/hr.

Pitchblende from Cornwall England. 178 grams. 200,000 CPM and 50 mR/hr.



The United States

The first two photos are from the famous Mi Vida mine. On July 6, 1952, Charlie Steen found an extremely large and very high grade deposit of Pitchblende in Lisbon Valley, southeast of Moab, Utah. His story was one of incredible perseverance through hardship until he found what he was looking for. He named it the "Mi Vida" mine (My Life), and it was the first big strike of the uranium boom. Steen made millions off his claims, which prompted a "Uranium Rush" of prospectors into the Four Corners region. Those who knew him describe him as a very generous man who gave back to the community in terms of education and housing for workers. He died in 2006 with most of his fortune lost to various investments. The ashes of Charlie Steen and his wife Minnie Lee were scattered at the Mi Vida site. The mine is no longer active.

The Mi Vida specimens are followed by a very rare high grade drill core sample is from the Hack #2 mine Coconino, Arizona. The sample was taken in 1965. Finally, the photo at the bottom of the page shows an enormous 105 pound piece of petrified wood with Carnotite from the Anaconda mine in New Mexico. Note the penny in the first photo for size reference. This piece was collected decades ago by a mine foreman working in the Uranium mine. The piece looks like a recent piece of tree trunk until you touch it and then try to lift it. It is SOLID rock - and replete with Carnotite and perhaps some Uraninite too in a particularly hot area of the specimen (the last photo in the series).

It is difficult to gauge or report the radioactivity of this specimen due to its sheer size. Any Geiger counter measure obviously underestimates the radioactivity of the specimen in its totality because the probe on the counter covers such a small area of the surface. At the surface, the specimen ranges up to 100,000 CPM and 25 mR/hr. And, it measures about 200 to 300 CPM from several feet away. There are cracks running through the specimen as can be seen in the photos as would be expected with a specimen that is perhaps as much as 150 million years old (exact carbon dating not available).Polished Slab of Schoepite, Gummite and Uraninite. 722 grams.450,000 CPM and 200 mR/hr. 

Pitchblende from Charlie Steen's Mi Vida mine: 93 grams. 300,000 CPM and 125 mR/hr.

Pitchblende from Charlie Steen's Mi Vida Mine: 477 grams. 140,000 CPM and 50 mR/hr.

Drill Core Sample of High Grade Uraninite from the Hack #2 Mine in Arizona. 92 grams. 200,000 CPM and 60 mR/hr.

Pitchblende from Schwartzwalder Mine in Colorado: 210 grams. 200,000 CPM and 50 mR/hr.

Pitchblende with Autunite from Crooks Gap Wyoming: 321 grams. 340,000 CPM and 140 mR/hr.

Pitchblende with Autunite from Crooks Gap Wyoming: 268 grams. 260,000 CPM and 90 mR/hr.

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