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Priceite

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Formula:
Ca2B5O7(OH)5 · H2O
Colour:
White; colourless in transmitted light
Lustre:
Earthy
Hardness:
3 - 3½
Specific Gravity:
2.42
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
Named for Thomas Price (1837 Wales - October 13, 1912), a San Francisco metallurgist who first analyzed the mineral.
Occurs as nodules or irregular masses; soft and chalky, to hard, compact and tough with porcellanous texture and sub-conchoidal fracture. Rarely also as small colourless crystals.


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Classification of PriceiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
6.EB.25

6 : BORATES
E : Pentaborates
B : Ino-pentaborates
25.5.1.1

25 : ANHYDROUS BORATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
5 : Pentaborates
9.3.18

9 : Borates
3 : Borates of Ca and Sr

Physical Properties of PriceiteHide

Earthy
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
White; colourless in transmitted light
Hardness:
3 - 3½ on Mohs scale
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven, Conchoidal
Density:
2.42 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Optical Data of PriceiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.571 - 1.573 nβ = 1.590 - 1.591 nγ = 1.593 - 1.594
2V:
Measured: 32° to 44°, Calculated: 42° to 44°
Birefringence:
0.022
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.022
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Dispersion:
r < v strong

Chemical Properties of PriceiteHide

Formula:
Ca2B5O7(OH)5 · H2O

Crystallography of PriceiteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
P21/b
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.623 Å, b = 6.976 Å, c = 12.35 Å
β = 110.7°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.666 : 1 : 1.77
Unit Cell V:
936.72 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Nodules and irregular masses. Compact and tough, chalky to hard.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

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Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.
Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
10.92 (100)
3.63 (100)
5.46 (80)
3.49 (70)
2.72 (60)
2.18 (50)
4.29 (40)
5.99 (20)
2.88 (20)
2.33 (20)
2.16 (20)
1.94 (20)
1.82 (20)
(
Comments:
Data from Kramer & Allen Am. Min. vol.41 (1956) [JCPDS card 9-147]

Type Occurrence of PriceiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Compact and as roundish masses to several hundred pounds (100 kg ?)
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Hot spring (?)
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of PriceiteHide

Other Language Names for PriceiteHide

German:Priceit
Spanish:Priceita

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

6.EB.05Larderellite(NH4)B5O7(OH)2 · H2OMon.
6.EB.10EzcurriteNa4B10O17 · 7H2OTric. 1 : P1
6.EB.15ProbertiteNaCaB5O7(OH)4 · 3H2OMon. 2/m
6.EB.20TertschiteCa4B10O19 · 20H2O

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

9.3.1CalciboriteCa(B2O4)Orth.
9.3.2SibirskiteCa2(HB2O5)(OH)Mon.
9.3.3FabianiteCaB3O5OHMon. 2/m : P21/b
9.3.4UralboriteCa2[B3O3(OH)5 · OB(OH)3]Mon.
9.3.5VimsiteCaB2O2(OH)4Mon.
9.3.6OlshanskyiteCa2[B3O3(OH)6](OH) · 3H2O
9.3.7FroloviteCa[B(OH)4]2Tric.
9.3.8KorzhinskiteCa(B2O4) · H2O
9.3.9TyretskiteCa2B5O9OH · H2OTric.
9.3.10NifontoviteCa3B6O6(OH)12(H2O)2Mon.
9.3.12InyoiteCa(H4B3O7)(OH) · 4H2OMon. 2/m
9.3.13GoweriteCa[B5O8(OH)][B(OH)3] · 3H2OMon.
9.3.14ColemaniteCa[B3O4(OH)3] · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
9.3.15PentahydroboriteCaB2O(OH)6 · 2H2OTric.
9.3.16HexahydroboriteCa[B(OH)4]2 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
9.3.17MeyerhofferiteCa2(H3B3O7)2 · 4H2OTric. 1 : P1
9.3.19GinoriteCa2B14O20(OH)6 · 5H2OMon.
9.3.20ProbertiteNaCaB5O7(OH)4 · 3H2OMon. 2/m
9.3.21UlexiteNaCa[B5O6(OH)6] · 5H2OTric. 1 : P1
9.3.22HydroboraciteCaMg[B3O4(OH)3]2 · 3H2OMon.
9.3.23InderboriteCaMg(H3B3O7)2 · 8H2OMon. 2/m
9.3.24WardsmithiteCa5Mg[B4O7]6 · 30H2OHex.
9.3.25HenmiliteCa2Cu[B(OH)4]2(OH)4Tric.
9.3.26StrontioboriteSrB8O11(OH)4Mon.
9.3.27VeatchiteSr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2OMon. m : Bb
9.3.28Veatchite-ASr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2OTric.
9.3.29 P-VeatchiteSr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
9.3.30 BalavinskiteSr2B6O11 · 4H2O
9.3.31TunelliteSrB6O9(OH)2 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
9.3.32StrontioginoriteCaSrB14O20(OH)6 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Insoluble in water. Readily soluble in acids.

Alters to colemanite and calcite.
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 PriceiteHide

Reference List:
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Chase (1873) American Journal of Science: 5: 287 (as Cryptomorphite).
Silliman, Benjamin, Jr. (1873), Mineralogical notes on Utah, California, and Nevada, with a description of priceite a new borate of lime: American Journal of Science, 3rd. series: 6: 126-133; …Engineering and Mining Journal: 16: 82, 98-99.
von Rath (1877) Ber. Niederhein. Ges.: 193 (as Pandermite).
Whitfield (1887) American Journal of Science: 34: 283.
Schultze analysis in: Kraut (1897) Zs. Anal. Chem.: 36: 165.
van't Hoff (1906) Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin (Sitzungsberichte der): 572.
Larsen, E.S. (1917), Proof that priceite is a distinct mineral species, American Mineralogist: 2: 1.
Linck (1923) Centralblatt für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paleontologie, Stuttgart: 193.
Foshag, W.F. (1924) American Mineralogist: 9: 11.
Foshag, W.F. (1939), New mineral names – priceite, American Mineralogist: 24: 728.
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: 341-343.
Kramer, H.C. & R.D. Allen (1956), A restudy of bakerite, priceite, and veatchite, American Mineralogist: 41: 689-700.
Canadian Mineralogist (1981): 19: 291.
Grew, E.S., and Anovitz, L.M. (1996) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised (2002).
Wallwork, K.S., A. Pring, M.R. Taylor, and B.A. Hunter (2002): The structure of priceite, a basic hydrated calcium borate, by ab initio powder-diffraction methods. Canadian Mineralogist 40, 1199-1206.
Sun W, Huang Y-X, Li Z, Pan Y, Mi J-X (2011): Hydrothermal synthesis and single-crystal X-ray structure refinement of three borates: sibirskite, parasibirskite and priceite. Canadian Mineralogist 49, 823-834.

Internet Links for PriceiteHide

Localities for PriceiteHide

This 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.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Canada
 
  • New Brunswick
    • Kings Co.
      • Cardwell Parish
        • Penobsquis
Canadian Mineralogist (1981): 19: 291-301.
      • Hammond Parish
        • Salt Springs evaporite deposit
BURNS, P.C., HAWTHORNE, F.C. & STIRLING, J.A.R. (1992): Trembathite, (Mg,Fe)3B7O13Cl, a new borate mineral from the Salt Springs potash deposit, Sussex, New Brunswick. Canadian Mineralogist 30, 445-448.
Germany
 
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirge
      • Schwarzenberg District
        • Pöhla
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
  • Thuringia
    • Harz
      • Nordhausen
        • Niedersachswerfen
Siemroth, J. (2008): Das Vorkommen von Boratmineralien im Werra-Anhydrit des Steinbruchs Kohnstein bei Niedersachswerfen am Südharz, Der Aufschluss, Vol. 59, 353-366
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Chugoku Region
      • Okayama Prefecture
        • Takahashi City
          • Bicchu-cho (Bitchu-cho)
            • Fuka
Kobayashi, S., Ando, T., Tanabe, M., Kishi, S., Kusachi, I. (2017): Priceite from the Fuka mine, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences, 112, 20-24.
Kazakhstan
 
  • Atyrau Province (Atyrau Oblysy; Atyrau Oblast')
    • Atyrau (Gur'yev)
World of Stones #1; 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.
Mexico
 
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Magdalena
      • Aguja
Garrett, D.E. (1998): Borates - Handbook of Deposits, Processing, Properties and Use. Academic Press (San Diego, London), 475 pp.; Miranda-Gasca, M. A., Gomez-Caballero, J. A., & Eastoe, C. J. (1998). Borate deposits of northern Sonora, Mexico; stratigraphy, tectonics, stable isotopes, and fluid inclusions. Economic Geology, 93(4), 510-523.
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e)
      • Irkutskaya Oblast'
        • Zheleznogorsk (Korshunikha)
Mazurov, M.P., Grishina, S.N., Istomin, V.E., and Titov, A.T. (2007): Geology of Ore Deposits 49(4), 271-284.; Mazurov et al (2007) Geology of Ore Deposits, 49, 271–284.
    • Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye)
      • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
        • Vitim Plateau
Lapis 29(1), 47 (2004)
Turkey
 
  • Central Anatolia Region
    • Eskişehir Province
      • Kirka
CAHIT HELVACI & RICARDO N. ALONSO (2000) Borate Deposits of Turkey and Argentina; A Summary and Geological Comparison. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 9, 2000, pp. 1-27
  • Marmara Region
    • Balikesir Province
      • Bandırma (Panderma)
Schortmann's Minerals specimen, 1950.
      • Bigadiç
CAHIT HELVACI & RICARDO N. ALONSO (2000) Borate Deposits of Turkey and Argentina; A Summary and Geological Comparison. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 9, 2000, pp. 1-27
        • Faraşköy (Faraş)
CAHIT HELVACI & RICARDO N. ALONSO (2000) Borate Deposits of Turkey and Argentina; A Summary and Geological Comparison. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 9, 2000, pp. 1-27
      • Susurluk
        • Sultançayırı (Sultan Tschair)
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: 342.; CAHIT HELVACI & RICARDO N. ALONSO (2000) Borate Deposits of Turkey and Argentina; A Summary and Geological Comparison. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, 9:1-27.; Helvaci, C. (1994). Mineral assemblages and formation of the Kestelek and Sultancayir borate deposits. Proc. 29th Intl. Geol. Congr. Part A, 245-284.; Helvaci, C., Mordogan, H., Çolak, M., & Gündogan, I. (2004). Presence and distribution of lithium in borate deposits and some recent lake waters of west-central Turkey. International Geology Review, 46(2), 177-190.
UK
 
  • England
    • Devon
      • Okehampton area (Northern Dartmoor)
http://johnblanchard.net/index.php/some-sites/226-meldon-aplite-quarry-sssi
USA
 
  • California
    • Inyo Co.
      • Amargosa Range
        • Black Mts
          • Monte Blanco
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: 359.
Foshag, William Frederick (1924a), Famous mineral localities: Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California: American Mineralogist: 9: 8-10; Foshag, William Frederick (1924b), Priceite from Furnace Creek, Inyo County, California: American Mineralogist: 9: 11-13; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 295.
      • Death Valley
Bailey, G. E. (1902). The saline deposits of California (No. 24). AJ Johnston, Supt. State Printing.
Foshag, William Frederick (1924a), Famous mineral localities: Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California: American Mineralogist: 9: 8-10; Foshag, William Frederick (1924b), Priceite from Furnace Creek, Inyo County, California: American Mineralogist: 9: 11-13; Foshag, William Frederick (1939), New Mineral names – priceite: American Mineralogist: 24: 728; Funk, B.G. (1942) Borates and associated minerals from Mount Blanco, Death Valley, California. Mineralogist: 10: 267-268, 285-289; Kramer, Henry C. & Robert D. Allen (1956), A restudy of bakerite, priceite, and veatchite: American Mineralogist: 41: 690; Allen, Robert D. & Henry C. Kramer (1957), Ginorite and sassolite from Death Valley, California, American Mineralogist: 42: 200; McAllister, James Franklin (1958) Borate minerals from weathering of late Tertiary borates in the Furnace Creek district, Death Valley, California. (abstract) Geological Society of America Bulletin: 69: 1695.
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: 342.
        • Ryan
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 26, "Guidebook: Las Vegas to Death Valley and Return," Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada - Reno, 1976.
Erd, R.C., J.F. McAllister & H. Almond (1959), Gowerite, a new hydrous calcium borate from Death Valley, California: American Mineralogist: 44: 911-919; Erd, R.C., J.F. McAllister, and G.D. Eberlein (1979) New data on hungchaoite, the second world occurrence, Death Valley region, California. American Mineralogist: 64: 369-375; www.mineralsocal.org.
          • Mouth of Corkscrew Canyon area
Foshag, William Frederick (1939), New Mineral names – priceite: American Mineralogist: 24: 728; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 295; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 252.
Erd, R.C., J.F. McAllister, and A.C. Vlisidis (1970) Wardsmithite 5CaO • MgO •12B2O3 •30H2O, a new borate mineral from the Death Valley region, California. American Mineralogist: 55: 349-357.
        • Twenty Mule Team Canyon
American Mineralogist (1979): 64(3-4): 369-375.; Erd, R.C., J.F. McAllister, and G.D. Eberlein (1979) New data on hungchaoite, the second world occurrence, Death Valley region, California. American Mineralogist: 64: 369-375.
Schaller, Waldemar Theodore, et al (1965), American Mineralogist: 65: 629-640.
McAllister, James Franklin (1961), Sborgite in the Furnace Creek area, California: USGS PP 424-B, Article 129: 300-301; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 259.
    • Los Angeles Co.
      • Lang
        • Tick Canyon
          • Tick Canyon Borate deposit
www.mineralsocal.org
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • Calico Mts (Calico Hills)
Hanks, Henry Garber (1884), Fourth report of the State Mineralogist: California Mining Bureau. Report 4, 410 pp.: 313; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 295.
          • Yermo (Marian; Marion; Otis)
Maggie Wilson
      • Owlshead Mts
Bailey, Gilbert E. (1902), The saline deposits of California: California Mining Bureau Bulletin 24: 62, 102; Cloudman, H.C., F.J.H. Merrill & E. Huguenin (1919), San Bernardino County: California Mining Bureau. Report 15: 855; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 295.
Bailey, Gilbert E. (1902), The saline deposits of California: California Mining Bureau Bulletin 24: 62; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 154.
  • Oklahoma
    • Blaine Co.
      • Southard
Rocks & Minerals 72:4 pp 252-264
  • Oregon
    • Curry Co.
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: 342.
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