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About BaziriteHide

6 - 6½
Crystal System:
Member of:
For its chemical composition of BArium and ZIRconium

Classification of BaziriteHide


9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
C : Cyclosilicates
A : [Si3O9]6- 3-membered single rings (dreier-Einfachringe), without insular complex anions

59 : CYCLOSILICATES Three-Membered Rings
1 : Three-Membered Rings, anhydrous, no other anions

14 : Silicates not Containing Aluminum
10 : Silicates of Zr or Hf

Pronounciation of BaziriteHide

PlayRecorded byCountry
Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of BaziriteHide

6 - 6½ on Mohs scale

Optical Data of BaziriteHide

Uniaxial (+)
RI values:
nω = 1.675 - 1.681 nε = 1.685 - 1.691
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.010
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of BaziriteHide

IMA Formula:
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of BaziriteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.75 Å, c = 9.98 Å
a:c = 1 : 1.479
Unit Cell V:
393.79 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of BaziriteHide

Synonyms of BaziriteHide

Other Language Names for BaziriteHide


Relationship of Bazirite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
BenitoiteBaTi(Si3O9)Hex. 6 m2 : P62c

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
4 photos of Bazirite associated with WalstromiteBaCa2(Si3O9)
2 photos of Bazirite associated with CelsianBa(Al2Si2O8)
2 photos of Bazirite associated with Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
1 photo of Bazirite associated with ZirconZr(SiO4)
1 photo of Bazirite associated with Calcian Elpidite(Na,Ca)2ZrSi6O15 · 3H2O
1 photo of Bazirite associated with Unnamed (HBU UK-3)(Na,Ca,K)3(Sr,Ba)3(Zr,Fe,Mn)4Si12O36(OH) · nH2O
1 photo of Bazirite associated with Fluornatropyrochlore(Na,Pb,Ca,REE,U)2Nb2O6F
1 photo of Bazirite associated with GittinsiteCaZrSi2O7

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.CA.05BenitoiteBaTi(Si3O9)Hex. 6 m2 : P62c
9.CA.15CalciocatapleiiteCaZr(Si3O9) · 2H2O
9.CA.15CatapleiiteNa2Zr(Si3O9) · 2H2OMon.
9.CA.20PseudowollastoniteCaSiO3Mon. 2/m : B2/b
9.CA.25MargarosanitePb(Ca,Mn2+)2(Si3O9)Tric. 1 : P1
9.CA.30Bobtraillite(Na,Ca)13Sr11(Zr,Y,Nb)14(Si3O9)10(H2BSi2O9)6 · 12H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3 1c

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide 6 m2 : P62c,Ti)(Si3O9)Hex.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

14.10.1ZirconZr(SiO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
14.10.2HafnonHfSiO4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
14.10.5VlasoviteNa2ZrSi4O11Mon. 2/m : B2/b
14.10.6Keldyshite(Na,H)2ZrSi2O7Tric. 1 : P1
14.10.7GaidonnayiteNa2Zr(Si3O9) · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmna
14.10.8TerskiteNa4ZrSi6O16 · 2H2OOrth.
14.10.9ElpiditeNa2ZrSi6O15 · 3H2OOrth.
14.10.10HilairiteNa2Zr[SiO3]3 · 3H2OTrig.
14.10.11PetarasiteNa5Zr2(Si6O18)(Cl,OH) · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
14.10.15KostyleviteK2Zr(Si3O9) · H2OMon.
14.10.16UmbiteK2(Zr,Ti)Si3O9 · H2OOrth.
14.10.17ParaumbiteK3Zr2H(Si3O9)2 · nH2OOrth.
14.10.18GeorgechaoiteNaKZr[Si3O9] · 2H2OOrth. mm2
14.10.20CalciocatapleiiteCaZr(Si3O9) · 2H2O
14.10.21CalciohilairiteCaZr[SiO3]3 · 3H2OTrig.
14.10.22ArmstrongiteCaZr[Si6O15] · 3H2OMon.
14.10.23Lemoynite(Na,K)2CaZr2Si10O26 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
14.10.24CatapleiiteNa2Zr(Si3O9) · 2H2OMon.
14.10.26LovozeriteNa2Ca(Zr,Ti)(Si6O12)[(OH)4O2] · H2OMon.
14.10.27Låvenite(Na,Ca)2(Mn2+,Fe2+)(Zr,Ti)(Si2O7)(O,OH,F)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
14.10.28PenkvilksiteNa4Ti2Si8O22 · 4H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbcn
14.10.29DarapiositeK(Na,◻,K)2(Li,Zn,Fe)3(Mn,Zr,Y)2[Si12O30]Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P6/mcc
14.10.31KomkoviteBaZr[Si3O9] · 3H2OTrig.

Fluorescence of BaziriteHide

Light blue fluorescence (UV).

Other InformationHide

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 BaziriteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist (1976): 61: 175.
Young, B.R., J.R. Hawkes, R.J. Merriman, and M.T. Styles (1978) Bazirite, BaZrSi3O9; a new mineral from Rockall Island, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Mineralogical Magazine, 42, 35-40.
American Mineralogist (1979): 64: 241 (abstract).
Alfors, J.T. and A. Pabst (1984)
Titanian taramellites in western North America. American Mineralogist, 69, 358-373.
Hawthorne, F.C. (1987) The crystal chemistry of the benitoite group minerals and structural relations in
(Si3O9) ring structures. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte (1987): 16-30.

Internet Links for BaziriteHide

Localities for BaziriteHide

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.
Czech Republic
  • Vysočina Region
    • Třebíč District
      • Moravské Budějovice
Krmíček, L., Cempírek J., Havlín A., Přichystal A., Houzar S, Krmíčková M, Gadas P. (2011): Mineralogy and petrogenesis of a Ba–Ti–Zr-rich peralkaline dyke from Šebkovice (Czech Republic): Recognition of the most lamproitic Variscan intrusion. In: Lithos, 121 (2011), 75-86; Elsevier.; KRMÍČEK L. 2010: Pre-Mesozoic lamprophyres and lamproites of the Bohemian Massif (Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Austria). Mineralogia - Special Papers, vol. 37, pp. 38-46
  • Batken Region
Pautov, L. A., Karpenko, V. Y., & Agakhanov, A. A. (2013) Baratovite-katayamalite Minerals from the Hodzha-achkan Alcaline Massif (Kirgizia). New Data on Minerals. 48:12-36
  • Baja California
    • Ensenada Municipality
      • 62 kilometers southeast of Ensenada
        • near El Alamo
Richard Gunter Collection
    • Tres Pozos
American Mineralogist, Volume 69, pages 358-373, 1984; Dunning, G. E., Walstrom, R. E., & Lechner, W. (2018) Barium Silicate Mineralogy of the Western Margin, North American Continent, Part Geology, Origin, Paragenesis and Mineral Distribution from Baja California Norte, Mexico, Western Canada and Alaska, USA. Baymin Journal, Vol. 19, No. 5
  • Hovd Aimag (Khovd Aimag)
    • Altai Mts
P.M. Kartashov analytical data
  • Districts of Republican Subordination
Tindle, A.G. (2008) Minerals of Britian and Ireland
    • Outer Hebrides
Rep. Inst. geol. Sci.(1973), 123.; J. R. Hawkes, R. J. Merriman, R. R. Harding, and D. P. F. Darbyshire (1975), Rep. Inst. Geol. Sci., no. 75/1, 11-51.; B. R. Young, J. R. Hawkes, R. J. Merriman, and M. T. Styles (1978) Bazirite, BaZrSi3O9, a new mineral from Rockall Island, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Mineralogical Magazine, 42, 35-40; Embrey, P.G. (1978) Fourth supplementary list of British Minerals. Mineralogical Magazine, 42, 169-177.;
Handbook of Mineralogy
  • California
    • Fresno Co.
      • Big Creek-Rush Creek Mining District
        • Rush Creek deposit
          • Big Creek
[MinRec 33:161]; Canadian Mineralogist (2001): 39:1053-1058.
Walstrom, Robert, personal communication to Mr. Gail E. Dunning.
          • Rush Creek
Marek Patus
    • Tulare Co.
      • Dumtah
Mineralogical Record: 34(2): 159-166
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