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Sr2[B5O8(OH)]2B(OH)3 · H2O
Colourless, white
Vitreous, Silky, Pearly
Named after John A. Veatch (March 5, 1808, Knox County, Kentucky - April 24, 1870, Portland, TX), 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

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 Veatchite

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

Optical Data of Veatchite

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 Veatchite

IMA Formula:
Sr2[B5O8(OH)]2B(OH)3 · H2O
Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Veatchite

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 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 Veatchite

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:

Relationship of Veatchite to other Species

6.EC.05BiringucciteNa2B5O8(OH) · H2O
6.EC.05NasiniteNa2B5O8(OH) · 2H2O
6.EC.10GoweriteCa[B5O8(OH)][B(OH)3] · 3H2O
6.EC.15P-VeatchiteSr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
6.EC.20VolkovskiteKCa4[B5O8(OH)]4[B(OH)3]2Cl · 4H2O
6.EC.25TuzlaiteNaCaB5O8(OH)2 · 3H2O
6.EC.35BrianroulstoniteCa3B5O6(OH)7Cl2 · 8H2O
9.3.6OlshanskyiteCa2[B3O3(OH)6]OH · 3H2O
9.3.8KorzhinskiteCaB2O4 · 0.5H2O
9.3.9TyretskiteCa2B5O9(OH) · H2O
9.3.10NifontoviteCa3[BO(OH)2]6 · 2H2O
9.3.12InyoiteCaB3O3(OH)5 · 4H2O
9.3.13GoweriteCa[B5O8(OH)][B(OH)3] · 3H2O
9.3.14ColemaniteCaB3O4(OH)3 · H2O
9.3.15PentahydroboriteCaB2O(OH)6 · 2H2O
9.3.16HexahydroboriteCa[B(OH)4]2 · 2H2O
9.3.17MeyerhofferiteCaB3O3(OH)5 · H2O
9.3.18PriceiteCa2B5O7(OH)5 · H2O
9.3.19GinoriteCa2B14O20(OH)6 · 5H2O
9.3.20ProbertiteNaCaB5O7(OH)4 · 3H2O
9.3.21UlexiteNaCaB5O6(OH)6 · 5H2O
9.3.22HydroboraciteCaMg[B3O4(OH)3]2 · 3H2O
9.3.23InderboriteCaMg[B3O3(OH)5]2 · 6H2O
9.3.24WardsmithiteCa5Mg(B4O7)6 · 30H2O
9.3.28Veatchite-ASr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
9.3.29 P-VeatchiteSr2B11O16(OH)5 · H2O
9.3.30 BalavinskiteSr2B6O11 · 4H2O
9.3.31TunelliteSrB6O9(OH)2 · 3H2O
9.3.32StrontioginoriteSrCaB14O20(OH)6 · 5H2O

Other Names for Veatchite

Name in Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:水硼锶石
Traditional Chinese:水硼鍶石

Other Information

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 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.

Chukanov, N.V. (2014): Infrared spectra of mineral species: Extended library. Springer (Springer Geochemistry/Mineralogy), vol. 1, Dordrecht, 1726 pp.

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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.
  • 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 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
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Mazatan
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.
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e)
      • Irkutskaya 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
      • Eskdale
[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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