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Veatchite

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Formula:
Sr
 
2
B
 
11
O
 
16
(OH)
 
5
· H
 
2
O
System:MonoclinicColour:Colourless, white
Hardness:2
Name:Named after John A. Veatch, first person to detect boron in the mineral waters of California.
Polymorph of:Veatchite-A, Veatchite-p


Veatchite Group. The monoclinic polymorph of Veatchite-A.

Classification of Veatchite

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:5/K.05-30
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:6.EC.15

6 : BORATES
E : Pentaborates
C : Phyllo-pentaborates
Dana 8th edition ID:26.5.9.1

26 : HYDRATED BORATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
5 : Pentaborates
Hey's CIM Ref.:9.3.27

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

Type Locality:Lang Mine (Sterling Mine; Sterling Borax Mine; Tick Canyon Borax Mine), Tick Canyon Borate deposit, Tick Canyon, Lang, Los Angeles Co., California, USA
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:
HowliteColemanite

Physical Properties of Veatchite

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

Crystallography of Veatchite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:a = 20.81Å, b = 11.74Å, c = 6.63Å
β = 92.03°
Ratio:a:b:c = 1.773 : 1 : 0.565
Unit Cell Volume:V 1,618.75 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:Crystals platy, flattened on {010} and elongated with [001], terraced along [001] and [100]; slender prismatic to fibrous. Grouped as divergent plates and cross-fiber veins.

Optical Data of Veatchite

Type:Biaxial (+)
RI values: nα = 1.551 nβ = 1.553 nγ = 1.620
2V:Measured: 37° , Calculated: 22°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.069

Chart 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:
Sr
 
2
B
 
11
O
 
16
(OH)
 
5
· H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:Sr2B11O16(OH)5·H2O
Essential elements:B, H, O, Sr
All elements listed in formula:B, H, O, Sr

Relationship of Veatchite to other Species

Structurally related to group(s):
Veatchite Group
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
6.EC.05Biringuccite
Na
 
2
B
 
5
O
 
8
(OH) · H
 
2
O
6.EC.05Nasinite
Na
 
4
B
 
10
O
 
17
· 5H
 
2
O
6.EC.10Gowerite
Ca[B
 
5
O
 
8
(OH)][B(OH)
 
3
] · 3H
 
2
O
6.EC.15P-Veatchite
6.EC.20Volkovskite
KCa
 
4
[B
 
5
O
 
8
OH]
 
4
[B(OH)
 
3
]
 
2
Cl · 4H
 
2
O
6.EC.25Tuzlaite
NaCaB
 
5
O
 
8
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
6.EC.30Heidornite
Na
 
2
Ca
 
3
B
 
5
O
 
8
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
Cl(OH)
 
2
6.EC.35Brianroulstonite
Ca
 
3
[B
 
5
O
 
6
(OH)
 
6
](OH)Cl
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
9.3.1Calciborite
Ca(B
 
2
O
 
4
)
9.3.2Sibirskite
Ca
 
2
(HB
 
2
O
 
5
)(OH)
9.3.3Fabianite
CaB
 
3
O
 
5
OH
9.3.4Uralborite
Ca
 
2
[B
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
5
· OB(OH)
 
3
]
9.3.5Vimsite
CaB
 
2
O
 
2
(OH)
 
4
9.3.6Olshanskyite
Ca
 
3
[B(OH)
 
4
]
 
4
(OH)
 
2
9.3.7Frolovite
Ca[B(OH)
 
4
]
 
2
9.3.8Korzhinskite
Ca(B
 
2
O
 
4
) · H
 
2
O
9.3.9Tyretskite
Ca
 
2
B
 
5
O
 
9
OH · H
 
2
O
9.3.10Nifontovite
Ca
 
3
B
 
6
O
 
6
(OH)
 
12
(H
 
2
O)
 
2
9.3.12Inyoite
Ca(H
 
4
B
 
3
O
 
7
)(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
9.3.13Gowerite
Ca[B
 
5
O
 
8
(OH)][B(OH)
 
3
] · 3H
 
2
O
9.3.14Colemanite
Ca[B
 
3
O
 
4
(OH)
 
3
] · H
 
2
O
9.3.15Pentahydroborite
CaB
 
2
O(OH)
 
6
· 2H
 
2
O
9.3.16Hexahydroborite
Ca[B(OH)
 
4
]
 
2
· 6H
 
2
O
9.3.17Meyerhofferite
Ca
 
2
(H
 
3
B
 
3
O
 
7
)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
9.3.18Priceite
Ca
 
2
B
 
5
O
 
7
(OH)
 
5
· H
 
2
O
9.3.19Ginorite
Ca
 
2
B
 
14
O
 
23
· 8H
 
2
O
9.3.20Probertite
NaCaB
 
5
O
 
7
(OH)
 
4
· 3H
 
2
O
9.3.21Ulexite
NaCa[B
 
5
O
 
6
(OH)
 
6
] · 5H
 
2
O
9.3.22Hydroboracite
CaMg[B
 
3
O
 
4
(OH)
 
3
]
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
9.3.23Inderborite
CaMg(H
 
3
B
 
3
O
 
7
)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
9.3.24Wardsmithite
Ca
 
5
Mg[B
 
4
O
 
7
]
 
6
· 30H
 
2
O
9.3.25Henmilite
Ca
 
2
Cu[B(OH)
 
4
]
 
2
(OH)
 
4
9.3.26Strontioborite
SrB
 
8
O
 
11
(OH)
 
4
9.3.28Veatchite-A
Sr
 
2
B
 
11
O
 
16
(OH)
 
5
· H
 
2
O
9.3.29 P-Veatchite
9.3.30 Balavinskite
Sr
 
2
B
 
6
O
 
11
· 4H
 
2
O
9.3.31Tunellite
SrB
 
6
O
 
9
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
9.3.32Strontioginorite
(Sr,Ca)
 
2
B
 
14
O
 
23
· 8H
 
2
O

Other Names for Veatchite

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

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 Veatchite

Reference List:

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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).

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  • Localities for Veatchite

    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.
    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
    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
    Serbia
     
    • Raška District
      • Raška
        • Jarandol Basin
          • Baljevac na Ibru
    S. V. Malinko et al.: New Data on Minerals 39:26-31 (2004)
    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
    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: 349.; Kramer, H.C. & R.D. Allen (1956), A restudy of bakerite, priceite, and veatchite, American Mineralogist: 41: 689-700; Switzer, George S. (1938), Veatchite, a new calcium borate from Lang, California: American Mineralogist: 23: 409-411; Murdoch, Joseph (1939a), Crystallography of veatchite: American Mineralogist: 24: 130-135; Switzer, George S. & W.W. Brannock (1950), Composition of veatchite: American Mineralogist: 35: 90-92; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 255.
      • 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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