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Veatchite

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Formula:
Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Colourless, white
Hardness:
2
Name:
Named after John A. Veatch, first person to detect boron in the mineral waters of California.
The three known polytypes of veatchite (1A, 1M, 2M) are described by Grice & Pring (2012).

Classification of Veatchite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
6.EC.15

6 : BORATES
E : Pentaborates
C : Phyllo-pentaborates
26.5.9.1

26 : HYDRATED BORATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
5 : Pentaborates
9.3.27

9 : Borates
3 : Borates of Ca and Sr
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Type Occurrence of Veatchite

General Appearance of Type Material:
Cross-fiber veinlets cutting limestone and howlite and as crystals deposited on colemanite.
Year of Discovery:
1938
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Limestone and borate deposit.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Physical Properties of Veatchite

Vitreous, Silky, Pearly
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent
Colour:
Colourless, white
Streak:
White
Hardness (Mohs):
2
Cleavage:
Perfect
On {010} perfect; on {001} imperfect.
Density:
2.58 - 2.69 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.59 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Veatchite

Polytype:
Formula:
Crystal System:
Class (H-M)
Space Group:
Space Group Setting:
Cell Parameters:
Ratio:
Unit Cell Volume (calc):
Z:
Veatchite-1MVeatchite-2MVeatchite-A
Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
Monoclinic  Triclinic 
   
   



   
   
   

Optical Data of Veatchite

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.551 nβ = 1.553 nγ = 1.620
2V:
Measured: 37° , Calculated: 22°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.069
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Low
Dispersion:
r < v strong

Chemical Properties of Veatchite

Formula:
Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Veatchite to other Species

6.EC.05BiringucciteNa2B5O8(OH) · H2O
6.EC.05NasiniteNa2[B5O8(OH)] · 2H2O
6.EC.10GoweriteCa[B5O8(OH)][B(OH)3] · 3H2O
6.EC.15P-Veatchite
6.EC.20VolkovskiteKCa4[B5O8OH]4[B(OH)3]2Cl · 4H2O
6.EC.25TuzlaiteNaCaB5O8(OH)2 · 3H2O
6.EC.30HeidorniteNa2Ca3B5O8(SO4)2Cl(OH)2
6.EC.35BrianroulstoniteCa3[B5O6(OH)6](OH)Cl2 · 8H2O
9.3.1CalciboriteCa(B2O4)
9.3.2SibirskiteCa2(HB2O5)(OH)
9.3.3FabianiteCaB3O5OH
9.3.4UralboriteCa2[B3O3(OH)5 · OB(OH)3]
9.3.5VimsiteCaB2O2(OH)4
9.3.6OlshanskyiteCa2[B3O3(OH)6](OH) · 3H2O
9.3.7FroloviteCa[B(OH)4]2
9.3.8KorzhinskiteCa(B2O4) · H2O
9.3.9TyretskiteCa2B5O9OH · H2O
9.3.10NifontoviteCa3B6O6(OH)12(H2O)2
9.3.12InyoiteCa(H4B3O7)(OH) · 4H2O
9.3.13GoweriteCa[B5O8(OH)][B(OH)3] · 3H2O
9.3.14ColemaniteCa[B3O4(OH)3] · H2O
9.3.15PentahydroboriteCaB2O(OH)6 · 2H2O
9.3.16HexahydroboriteCa[B(OH)4]2 · 6H2O
9.3.17MeyerhofferiteCa2(H3B3O7)2 · 4H2O
9.3.18PriceiteCa2B5O7(OH)5 · H2O
9.3.19GinoriteCa2B14O23 · 8H2O
9.3.20ProbertiteNaCaB5O7(OH)4 · 3H2O
9.3.21UlexiteNaCa[B5O6(OH)6] · 5H2O
9.3.22HydroboraciteCaMg[B3O4(OH)3]2 · 3H2O
9.3.23InderboriteCaMg(H3B3O7)2 · 8H2O
9.3.24WardsmithiteCa5Mg[B4O7]6 · 30H2O
9.3.25HenmiliteCa2Cu[B(OH)4]2(OH)4
9.3.26StrontioboriteSrB8O11(OH)4
9.3.28Veatchite-ASr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
9.3.29 P-Veatchite
9.3.30 BalavinskiteSr2B6O11 · 4H2O
9.3.31TunelliteSrB6O9(OH)2 · 3H2O
9.3.32Strontioginorite(Sr,Ca)2B14O23 · 8H2O

Other Names for Veatchite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Veatchit
Russian:Витчит
Simplified Chinese:水硼锶石
Spanish:Veatchita
Traditional Chinese:水硼鍶石

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 Veatchite

Reference List:
Switzer, George S. (1938), Veatchite, a new calcium borate from Lang, California: American Mineralogist: 23: 409-411.

Murdoch, Joseph (1939), Crystallography of veatchite: American Mineralogist: 24: 130-135.

Switzer, George S. & W.W. Brannock (1950), Composition of veatchite: American Mineralogist: 35: 90-92.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 348-349.

Kramer H.C., Allen R.D. (1956), A restudy of bakerite, priceite, and veatchite, American Mineralogist: 41: 689-700.

Clark, Joan R., M.E. Mrose, A. Perloff & G. Burley (1959), Investigation of veatchite in studies of borate minerals VI: American Mineralogist: 44: 1141-1149.

Clark, Joan R. & M.E. Mrose (1960), Veatchite and p-veatchite: American Mineralogist: 45: 1221-1229.

Clark, Joan R. & C.L. Christ (1971), Veatchite: crystal structure and coordination with p-veatchite: American Mineralogist: 56: 1934-1954.

Canadian Mineralogist (1999): 37: 731-762.

Grew, E.S., and Anovitz, L.M. (1996) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised (2002).

Grice, J.D. & Pring, A. (2012): Veatchite: Structural relationships of the three polytypes. American Mineralogist, 97, 489-495.

Internet Links for Veatchite

Localities for Veatchite

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.
Canada
 
  • New Brunswick
    • Kings Co.
      • Cardwell Parish
CM 43, 1469-1487
Grice, J. L. (2002): Borate Minerals from the Penobsquis and Millstream Deposits of Southern New Brunswick, Canada. Bergverksmuseets Skrift 20, 27-33
Germany
 
  • Lower Saxony
    • Göttingen
      • Reyershausen
[Veatchite-1M] Braitsch, O. (1959): Über p-Veatchit, eine neue Veatchit-Varietät aus dem Zechsteinsalz. Beiträge zur Mineralogie und Petrographie 6, 352-356.
  • Thuringia
    • Harz
      • Nordhausen
        • Niedersachswerfen
[Veatchite-1M] Siemroth, J. (2008): Das Vorkommen von Boratmineralien im Werra-Anhydrit des Steinbruchs Kohnstein bei Niedersachswerfen am Südharz, Der Aufschluss, Vol. 59, 353-366
Kazakhstan
 
  • Atyrau Province (Atyrau Oblysy; Atyrau Oblast')
    • Atyrau (Gur'yev)
Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30; Pekov, I. V. & Abramov, D. V. (1993): Boron deposit of the Inder and its minerals. World of Stones, 1, 23-30.
  • Western Kazakhstan Province (Batys Qazaqstan Oblysy; Zapadno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast')
Tony Nikischer specimen and analysis
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e)
      • Irkutskaya Oblast'
        • Lower Tunguska
          • Nepa River basin
[Veatchite-1M]
Serbia
 
  • Raška District
    • Raška
      • Jarandol Basin
        • Baljevac na Ibru
S. V. Malinko et al.: New Data on Minerals 39:26-31 (2004)
Turkey
 
  • Aegean Region
    • Kütahya Province
      • Emet
        • Emet Borate deposit
[Veatchite-A] American Mineralogist; April 1979; v. 64; no. 3-4; p. 362-366
[Veatchite-A] American Mineralogist; April 1979; v. 64; no. 3-4; p. 362-366
UK
 
  • England
    • North Yorkshire
      • Eskdale
[Veatchite-1M] Mineralogical Magazine 1960 32 : 500-501.
USA
 
  • California
    • Inyo Co.
      • Furnace Creek District (Furnace Creek Borate District; Death Valley Area Borate Deposits; Ryan area)
        • Ryan
Mineralogical Record: 27: 35-40.
    • Kern Co.
      • Kramer District
        • Boron
          • Kramer Borate deposit
    • Los Angeles Co.
      • Lang
        • Tick Canyon
          • Tick Canyon Borate deposit
[Veatchite-A] Bernard J.H. and Hyrsl J. (2004) Minerals and their Localities.
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • East Kramer District
        • Kramer
Benda, William K. Richard C. Erd & Ward C. Smith (1960), Core logs from five test holes near Kramer, California: USGS Bulletin 1045-F: 319-393; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 255.
      • Kramer-Four Corners area
Clark, Joan R., et al (1959), Investigation of veatchite in Studies of Borate Minerals (VI): American Mineralogist: 44: 1141-1149; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 380; American Mineralogist (1964): 49: 543-555.
  • Utah
    • Grand Co.
Omer B. Raup and Beth M. Madsen (1986) Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 56, #2, 248-251
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