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[*] posted on 8-8-2019 at 15:45
Radioactive Minerals


Can someone tell me where I could find radioactive rocks and what they look like? I'm not sure to tell which ones could possibly be radioactive and which ones are just rocks (I don't have a Geiger counter)
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[*] posted on 8-8-2019 at 17:45


check mindat.org for minerals in your area. also you so need a geiger. i bought a custom designed alpha / beta / gamma setup for under $100 and it is really good. if you can find a friend in US the can post you rocks from United Nuclear.
the rocks look no different from other rocks. unless you are pretty skilled, you will have difficulty in ID them in the field. many are just fine coloured powders on matrix.




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[*] posted on 9-8-2019 at 00:34


Quote: Originally posted by diddi  
i bought a custom designed alpha / beta / gamma setup for under $100 and it is really good.


I'd be very interested in more details as I am looking to buy one.




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[*] posted on 9-8-2019 at 01:38


I have heard of someone scouting for uranium ore in the dark armed with a bottle of nitric acid. After reacting with the acid the uranium compounds glow. Details are on the board here somewhere.



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[*] posted on 9-8-2019 at 03:41


Quote: Originally posted by j_sum1  
I have heard of someone scouting for uranium ore in the dark armed with a bottle of nitric acid. After reacting with the acid the uranium compounds glow. Details are on the board here somewhere.

glow under uv light





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[*] posted on 9-8-2019 at 04:08


There are a lot of things underground that stand out with UV light :)



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[*] posted on 9-8-2019 at 04:29


Quote: Originally posted by Ubya  
Quote: Originally posted by j_sum1  
I have heard of someone scouting for uranium ore in the dark armed with a bottle of nitric acid. After reacting with the acid the uranium compounds glow. Details are on the board here somewhere.

glow under uv light


Oh yeah. Left out that detail.




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[*] posted on 9-8-2019 at 14:34


Quote: Originally posted by Herr Haber  
There are a lot of things underground that stand out with UV light :)


you are right, but uranium 6+ has a characteristic color, that nice green/Yellow that not many minerals have





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