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About BoralsiliteHide

Crystal System:
Named after its composition, containing BORon, ALuminum, and SILicon.
First anhydrous Al-B-silicate to be discovered in nature. At Stornes Peninsula the borasilite may be partly replaced by diaspore.

Classification of BoralsiliteHide


9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
B : Sorosilicates
D : Si2O7 groups, with additional anions; cations in tetrahedral [4] and greater coordination

Physical Properties of BoralsiliteHide


Optical Data of BoralsiliteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.629 nβ = 1.640 nγ = 1.654
Measured: 81° , Calculated: 84°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.025
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
very weak

Chemical Properties of BoralsiliteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of BoralsiliteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 14.767 Å, b = 5.574 Å, c = 15.079 Å
β = 91.96°
a:b:c = 2.649 : 1 : 2.705
Unit Cell V:
1,240.45 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Prisms in open clusters or tight bundles up to 1 cm long.

Type Occurrence of BoralsiliteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Forms a single patch of fibrous aggregates of fine prisms in a quartzrich part of the specimen (Larsemanns Hills)
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
In the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution as NMNH 171403 and the Almgjotheii specimen as NMNH 171404.
Chemical Analysis of Type Material:
SiO212.67 %
MgO0.23 %
FeO1.10 %
Al2O369.15 %
B2O316.775 %
BeO0.094 %
Total:100.019 %
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Pegmatites cutting granulite-facies metapelitic rocks.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:
Grew, E.S., McGee, J.J., Yates, M.G., Peacor, D.R., Rouse, R.C., Huijsmans, J.P.P., Shearer, C.K., Wiedenbeck, M., Thost, D.E., and Su, S.-C. (1998): Boralsilite (Al16B6Si2O37): A new mineral related to sillimanite from pegmatites in granulite-facies rocks. American Mineralogist: 83: 638-651

Synonyms of BoralsiliteHide

Other Language Names for BoralsiliteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
4 photos of Boralsilite associated with TourmalineA(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.BD.05BertranditeBe4(Si2O7)(OH)2Orth. mm2 : Cmc21
9.BD.10HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2OOrth. mm2 : Imm2
9.BD.15JunitoiteCaZn2Si2O7 · H2OOrth. mm2
9.BD.20Axinite-(Fe)Ca2Fe2+Al2BSi4O15OHTric. 1 : P1
9.BD.20Axinite-(Mn)Ca2Mn2+Al2BSi4O15(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
9.BD.25VistepiteSnMn4B2Si4O16(OH)2Tric. 1

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 BoralsiliteHide

Reference List:
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Edward S. Grew, Heribert A. Graetsch, Birgit Pöter, Martin G. Yates, Ian Buick, Heinz-Jürgen Bernhardt, Werner Schreyer, Günter Werding, Christopher J. Carson, and Geoffrey L. Clarke (2008) Boralsilite, Al16B6Si2O37, and “boron-mullite:” Compositional variations and associated phases in experiment and nature. American Mineralogist 93:283-299
Grew, E.S., McGee, J.J., Yates, M.G., Peacor, D.R., Rouse, R.C., Huijsmans, J.P.P., Shearer, C.K., Wiedenbeck, M., Thost, D.E., and Su, S.-C. (1998) Boralsilite (Al16B6Si2O37): A new mineral related to sillimanite from pegmatites in granulite-facies rocks. American Mineralogist: 83: 638-651.
Pöter, B., Werding, G., Schreyer, W., Bernhardt, H.-J. (1998) Synthesis and properties of the new borosilicate mineral boralsilite. Berichte Deutschen Mineral Gesell, Beiheft z European Journal of Mineralogy: 10(1): 220.
American Mineralogist (1999): 84: 1152-1161.

Internet Links for BoralsiliteHide

Localities for BoralsiliteHide

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.
  • Eastern Antarctica
    • Princess Elizabeth Land
      • Ingrid Christensen Coast
        • Prydz Bay
Wadokski, E. R. Grew, E.S. & Yates, M.G. (2011): Compositional evolution of tourmaline-supergroup minerals from granitic pegmatites in the Larsemann Hills, East Antartica. Canadian Mineralogist. 49: 382-405; Maas, R., Grew, E. S., & Carson, C. J. (2015). Isotopic Constraints (Pb, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd) on the Sources of Early Cambrian Pegmatites with Boron and Beryllium Minerals in the Larsemann Hills, Prydz Bay, Antarctica. The Canadian Mineralogist, 53:249-272
Grew, E. S. et al. (1998): Boralsilite (Al16B6Si2O37); a new mineral related to sillimanite from pegmatites in granulite-facies rocks . American Mineralogist 83: 638-651
Czech Republic
  • Vysočina Region
    • Žďár nad Sázavou District
      • Křižanov
CEMPÍREK, Jan a Milan NOVÁK a Zdeněk DOLNÍČEK a Jana KOTKOVÁ a Radek ŠKODA. Crystal chemistry and origin of grandidierite, ominelite, boralsilite, and werdingite from the Bory Granulite Massif, Czech Republic American Mineralogist, Mineralogical Society of America, 95, 10, od s. 1533-1547, 15 s. ISSN 0003-004X. 2010
  • Vakinankaratra
    • Antsirabe II
      • Ibity
        • Sahatany Valley
Novák, M., Cempírek, J., Gadas, P., Škoda, R., Galiová, M. V., Pezzotta, F. and Groat, L. A. (2015): Boralsilite and Li, Be-bearing "Boron Mullite" Al8B2Si2O19, Breakdown products of spodumene from the Manjaka pegmatite, Sahatany valley, Madagascar. Canadian Mineralogist. 53: 357-374
Norway (TL)
  • Rogaland
    • Lund
      • Flatestøl
Grew, E. S. et al. (1998): Boralsilite (Al 16 B 6 Si 2 O 37 ); a new mineral related to sillimanite from pegmatites in granulite-facies rocks . American Mineralogist 83: 638-651
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