This is a story of a group of scientists / collectors who visited the West Sunday mine in San Miguel County on the Colorado Plateau to look at the source of several newly described minerals that occur in the sandstone hosted vanadium-uranium deposits. Yes! John has a new mineral named for him. It is rakovanite, a sodium vanadium oxide with lots of water in the structure…and you guessed it…a decavanadate. It is a bright orange mineral and occurs as small crystals.
I will leave it to John to explain the significance of decavanadates. A google search suggested there may be biochemical applications for this newly studied class of minerals.
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