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About VeatchiteHide

John A. Veatch
Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
Colourless, white
Vitreous, Silky, Pearly
Specific Gravity:
2.58 - 2.69
Crystal System:
Named in honor of John Allen Veatch (5 March 1808, Knox County, Kentucky, USA - 24 April 1870, Portland, Texas, USA), surgeon, surveyor, and scientist. He was the first person to detect boron in the mineral waters of California in 1856.
The three known polytypes of veatchite (1A, 1M, 2M) are described by Grice & Pring (2012).

Classification of VeatchiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

E : Pentaborates
C : Phyllo-pentaborates

5 : Pentaborates

9 : Borates
3 : Borates of Ca and Sr

Physical Properties of VeatchiteHide

Vitreous, Silky, Pearly
Transparent, Translucent
pearly on cleavages; silky in fibrous masses
Colourless, white
On {010} perfect; on {001} imperfect.
2.58 - 2.69 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.59 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of VeatchiteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.551 nβ = 1.553 nγ = 1.620
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:
r < v strong

Chemical Properties of VeatchiteHide

Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O

Crystallography of VeatchiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M)
Space Group:
Space Group Setting:
Cell Parameters:
Unit Cell Volume (calc):
Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O Sr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
Monoclinic  Triclinic 


X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
10.5 (100)
3.32 (35)
2.600 (25)
3.47 (20)
2.865 (9)
5.64 (6)
5.12 (6)

Type Occurrence of VeatchiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Cross-fiber veinlets cutting limestone and howlite and as crystals deposited on colemanite.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 92944; National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA, 105697.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Limestone and borate deposit.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of VeatchiteHide

Other Language Names for VeatchiteHide

Simplified Chinese:水硼锶石
Traditional Chinese:水硼鍶石

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Colemanite15 photos of Veatchite associated with Colemanite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

6.EC.05BiringucciteNa2B5O8(OH) · H2OMon.
6.EC.05NasiniteNa2[B5O8(OH)] · 2H2OOrth.
6.EC.10GoweriteCa[B5O8(OH)][B(OH)3] · 3H2OMon.
6.EC.15P-VeatchiteSr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
6.EC.20VolkovskiteKCa4[B5O8OH]4[B(OH)3]2Cl · 4H2OTric. 1 : P1
6.EC.25TuzlaiteNaCaB5O8(OH)2 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
6.EC.35BrianroulstoniteCa3[B5O6(OH)6](OH)Cl2 · 8H2OMon.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

9.3.3FabianiteCaB3O5OHMon. 2/m : P21/b
9.3.4UralboriteCa2[B3O3(OH)5 · OB(OH)3]Mon.
9.3.6OlshanskyiteCa2[B3O3(OH)6](OH) · 3H2O
9.3.8KorzhinskiteCa(B2O4) · H2O
9.3.9TyretskiteCa2B5O9OH · H2OTric.
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 · 2H2O or CaB2O4 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
9.3.17MeyerhofferiteCa2(H3B3O7)2 · 4H2OTric. 1 : P1
9.3.18PriceiteCa2B5O7(OH)5 · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
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.
9.3.28Veatchite-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

IR Spectrum:
Inder material [cm-1]: 3440, 3340, 3280sh, 3230sh, 3105, 1650w, 1490, 1435sh, 1372s, 1265s, 1102s, 1071s, 992s, 962, 936s, 857, 823s, 769, 703, 677w, 641w, 631, 606, 570w, 489w, 478w, 460w
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 VeatchiteHide

Reference List:
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Switzer, G.S. (1938) Veatchite, a new calcium borate from Lang, California. American Mineralogist: 23: 409-411.
Murdoch, J. (1939) Crystallography of veatchite. American Mineralogist: 24: 130-135.
Switzer, G.S., Brannock, W.W. (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, J.R., Mrose, M.E., Perloff, A., Burley, G. (1959) Investigation of veatchite in studies of borate minerals VI. American Mineralogist: 44: 1141-1149.
Clark, J.R., Mrose, M.E. (1960) Veatchite and p-veatchite. American Mineralogist: 45: 1221-1229.
Clark, J.R., Christ, C.L. (1971) Veatchite: crystal structure and coordination with p-veatchite. American Mineralogist: 56: 1934-1954.
Canadian Mineralogist (1999): 37: 731-762.
Grew, E.S., 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.
Chukanov, N.V. (2014) Infrared spectra of mineral species: Extended library. Springer (Springer Geochemistry/Mineralogy), vol. 1, Dordrecht: 1726 pp.

Internet Links for VeatchiteHide

Localities for VeatchiteHide

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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Atyrau Region
    • Inder
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.
  • West Kazakhstan
Tony Nikischer specimen and analysis
  • Sonora
    • Mazatan Municipality
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.
  • Irkutsk Oblast
    • Lower Tunguska
      • Nepa River basin
  • Raška District
    • Raška
      • Jarandol Basin
        • Baljevac na Ibru
S. V. Malinko et al.: New Data on Minerals 39:26-31 (2004)
  • 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
  • England
    • North Yorkshire
      • Redcar and Cleveland
        • Loftus
[Veatchite-1M] Milne, J. K. (1978). The potash deposits and their associates in the area of the Boulby mine, Cleveland. PhD thesis University of Edinburgh
      • Scarborough
        • Aislaby
[Veatchite-1M] Mineralogical Magazine 1960 32 : 500-501.
[Veatchite-1M] Smith, F.W., Dearlove, J.P.L., Kemp, S.J., Bell, C.P., Milne, C.J. and Pottas, T.L. (2014) Potash – Recent exploration developments in North Yorkshire. Pp. 45-50 in Hunger, E., Brown, T. J. and Lucas, G. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 17th Extractive Industry Geology Conference, EIG Conferences Ltd. 202pp
  • 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 (Kramer Borate 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
        • East Kramer Borate area (East Kramer Colemanite area)
          • Kramer Junction (Beecher's Corners; Beechers Corners; Four Corners)
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.
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.
  • Utah
    • Grand Co.
Omer B. Raup and Beth M. Madsen (1986) Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 56, #2, 248-251
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