is a very rare borate mineral that was discovered in
1965 at the Solongo B deposit, Vitim Plateau, Buriatia Republic, Transbaikalia, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia.
This is the only location for Kurchatovite. It is typically found in a matrix of white Dolomite
as granular crystals to about 4 mm in shades of
pale gray with vitreous luster and Mohs hardness of
is named after Igor Vasil’evich Kurchatov (1903–1960), Russian physicist, Institute of Nuclear Energy, Moscow, Russia.
Kurchatov was a Soviet nuclearphysicistwho was thedirector of the Soviet atomic bomb project
and is remembered as the"father of theSovietatomicbomb"forhisdirectorialrole in thedevelopment of theSovietnuclearprogram in a clandestineprogramduring World War II.
distribution: in Russia, from the Solongo boron deposit,
Buryatia, and at the Novofrolovskoye copper deposit,
near Krasnoturinsk, Turinsk district, Northern Ural
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