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Vitimite

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Formula:
Ca6[(OH)14|SO4|B14O19] · 5H2O
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
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

Approved 2001
6.HA.45

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

General Appearance of Type Material:
fibrous aggregates to 0.2 mm

Physical Properties of Vitimite

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

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 Data:
d-spacingIntensity
12.2 (100)
3.03 (60)
2.72 (70)

Chemical Properties of Vitimite

Formula:
Ca6[(OH)14|SO4|B14O19] · 5H2O
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Vitimite to other Species

6.HA.05ChelkariteCaMgB2O4(Cl,OH)2 · 5H2O Or near, with Cl:OH = 3:1
6.HA.15SatimoliteKNa2Al4[Cl|B2O5]3 · 13H2O
6.HA.20IquiqueiteK3Na4Mg(CrO4)B24O39(OH) · 12H2O
6.HA.25WardsmithiteCa5Mg[B4O7]6 · 30H2O
6.HA.35HalurgiteMg2[B4O7]2 · 5H2O

Other Names for Vitimite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Vitimit

Other Information

Health Risks:
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.

Internet Links for Vitimite

Localities for Vitimite

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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 (TL)
 
  • 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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