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Vitimite

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Formula:
Ca
 
6
[(OH)
 
14
|SO
 
4
|B
 
14
O
 
19
] · 5H
 
2
O
System:MonoclinicColour:White
Hardness:
Name:For the Vitimskoe plateau, Buryatia, Transbaikal region, Russia, on which the type locality is situated.
This page provides mineralogical data about Vitimite.

Classification of Vitimite

IMA status:Approved 2001
Strunz 8th edition ID:5/K.08-20
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:6.HA.45

6 : BORATES
H : Unclassified borates
A :
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Type Occurrence of Vitimite

Type Locality:Solongo B deposit, Vitim Plateau, Buriatia Republic (Buryatia), Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
General Appearance of Type Material:fibrous aggregates to 0.2 mm
Associated Minerals at type locality:
SphaleritePyritePriceiteMagnetiteLudwigite
KurchatoviteFedorovskiteCalcite

Physical Properties of Vitimite

Lustre:Vitreous, Silky
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent
Colour:White
Streak:white
Hardness (Mohs):
Tenacity:Sectile
Fracture:Fibrous
Density (measured):2.29 g/cm3

Crystallography of Vitimite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Class (H-M):2 - Sphenoidal
Cell Parameters:a = 14.1Å, b = 19.53Å, c = 14.05Å
β = 120.39°
Ratio:a:b:c = 0.722 : 1 : 0.719
Unit Cell Volume:V 3,337.40 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:fibrous aggregates
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
d-spacingIntensity
12.2 (100)
3.03 (60)
2.72 (70)

Chemical Properties of Vitimite

Formula:
Ca
 
6
[(OH)
 
14
|SO
 
4
|B
 
14
O
 
19
] · 5H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:Ca6[(OH)14|SO4|B14O19]·5H2O
All elements listed in formula:B, Ca, H, O, S

Relationship of Vitimite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
6.HA.05Chelkarite
CaMgB
 
2
O
 
4
(Cl,OH)
 
2
· 5H
 
2
O Or near, with Cl:OH = 3:1
6.HA.15Satimolite
KNa
 
2
Al
 
4
[Cl|B
 
2
O
 
5
]
 
3
· 13H
 
2
O
6.HA.20Iquiqueite
K
 
3
Na
 
4
Mg(CrO
 
4
)B
 
24
O
 
39
(OH) · 12H
 
2
O
6.HA.25Wardsmithite
Ca
 
5
Mg[B
 
4
O
 
7
]
 
6
· 30H
 
2
O
6.HA.35Halurgite
Mg
 
2
[B
 
4
O
 
7
]
 
2
· 5H
 
2
O
6.HA.55Qilianshanite
NaHCO
 
3
· H
 
3
BO
 
3
· 2H
 
2
O

Other Names for Vitimite

Synonyms:
IMA2001-057
Other Languages:
German:Vitimit

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Vitimite

Reference List:

- +
Chukanov N.V. et al. (2002), Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva: 131(4): 41-46.

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  • Localities for Vitimite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Russia
     
    • Eastern-Siberian Region
      • Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye)
        • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
          • Vitim Plateau
    Lapis 29(1), 47 (2004)
    • Urals Region
      • Middle Urals
        • Sverdlovskaya Oblast'
          • Krasnoturjinsk (Bogolovsk; Krasnotur'insk; Krasnoturyinsk)
            • Turya river
              • Turjinsk
    Lapis 29(1), 47 (2004)
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