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Blatterite

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About BlatteriteHide

Formula:
Sb5+(Mn3+,Fe3+)9(Mn2+,Mg)35(BO3)16O32
Hardness:
6
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named in honor of Fritz Blatter (1943– ), German mineral collector, who provided the original material. First described as a new mineral by Raade et al. (1988) from Kitteln Mine, Nordmark, Sweden. The structure was solved and refined by Cooper & Hawthorne (1998).
At the type locality (Kitteln mine, Sweden), blatterite is found embedded in calcite or manganosite.
The mineral differs from the related minerals in the orthopinakiolite group by its large unit cell (a = 37.69 Å).


Classification of BlatteriteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
1984
6.AB.40

6 : BORATES
A : Monoborates
B : BO3, with additional anions; 1(D) + OH, etc.
24.2.7.1

24 : ANHYDROUS BORATES
2 : A2BO2[XO3]
9.7.9

9 : Borates
7 : Borates of Mn

Physical Properties of BlatteriteHide

Hardness:

Optical Data of BlatteriteHide

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.910 nβ = 1.970 nγ = 2.000
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.090
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
r < v

Chemical Properties of BlatteriteHide

Formula:
Sb5+(Mn3+,Fe3+)9(Mn2+,Mg)35(BO3)16O32
IMA Formula:
Sb5+3Mn3+9Mn2+35(BO3)16O32

Crystallography of BlatteriteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Pnnm
Setting:
Pnnm
Cell Parameters:
a = 37.69 Å, b = 12.62 Å, c = 6.25 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 2.987 : 1 : 0.495
Unit Cell V:
2,972.80 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
Crystals with a flat, diamond-shaped cross-section, prisms {110}: striated along the lengtht. Often with dull surfaces.

Type Occurrence of BlatteriteHide

Synonyms of BlatteriteHide

Other Language Names for BlatteriteHide

Relationship of Blatterite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
ChestermaniteMg2(Fe3+,Mn3+,Al,Sb3+)(BO3)O2Orth.
Orthopinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2Orth.
Takéuchiite(Mg,Mn2+)2(Mn3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2Orth.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Katoptrite1 photo of Blatterite associated with Katoptrite on mindat.org.
Pyrochroite1 photo of Blatterite associated with Pyrochroite on mindat.org.
Calcite1 photo of Blatterite associated with Calcite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

6.AB.05HambergiteBe2(BO3)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
6.AB.10BerboriteBe2(BO3)(OH,F) · H2OTrig.
6.AB.15JeremejeviteAl6(BO3)5(F,OH)3Hex. 6/m : P63/m
6.AB.20Warwickite(Mg,Ti,Fe,Cr,Al)2O(BO3)Orth.
6.AB.20YuanfuliiteMg(Fe3+,Al)O(BO3)Orth.
6.AB.25KarliteMg7(BO3)3(OH,Cl)5Orth.
6.AB.30Azoproite(Mg,Fe2+)2(Fe3+,Ti,Mg)(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.30BonaccorditeNi2Fe3+(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.30FredrikssoniteMg2(Mn3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.30LudwigiteMg2Fe3+(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.30VonseniteFe2+2Fe3+(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.35Pinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2Mon.
6.AB.40ChestermaniteMg2(Fe3+,Mn3+,Al,Sb3+)(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.40Orthopinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.40Takéuchiite(Mg,Mn2+)2(Mn3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2Orth.
6.AB.45Hulsite(Fe2+,Mg)2(Fe3+,Sn)(BO3)O2Mon.
6.AB.45Magnesiohulsite(Mg,Fe2+)2(Fe3+,Sn,Mg)(BO3)O2Mon.
6.AB.45Aluminomagnesiohulsite(Mg,Fe2+)2(Al,Mg,Sn)(BO3)O2Mon. 2/m
6.AB.50FluoboriteMg3(BO3)(F,OH)3Hex.
6.AB.50HydroxylboriteMg3(BO3)(OH)3Hex. 6/m : P63/m
6.AB.55ShabyniteMg5(BO3)(OH)5(Cl,OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
6.AB.55WightmaniteMg5(BO3)O(OH)5 · 2H2OMon.
6.AB.60GaudefroyiteCa4Mn3+2-3(BO3)3(CO3)(O,OH)3Hex.
6.AB.65SakhaiteCa12Mg4(BO3)7(CO3)4(OH)2ClIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
6.AB.70HarkeriteCa12Mg4Al(BO3)3(SiO4)4(CO3)5 · H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
6.AB.75Pertsevite-(F)Mg2(BO3)(F,OH)Orth. mm2 : Pna21
6.AB.75Pertsevite-(OH)Mg2(BO3)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
6.AB.80JacquesdietrichiteCu2(H2BO3)(OH)3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmna
6.AB.85PainiteCaZrAl9(BO3)O15Hex.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

9.7.1Pinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2Mon.
9.7.2Orthopinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2Orth.
9.7.3Jimboite(Mn2+,Mg)3[BO3]2Orth.
9.7.4SussexiteMn2+BO2(OH)Orth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 2
9.7.5Wiserite(Mn,Mg)14[Cl|(OH)8|(Si,Mg)(O,OH)4|(B2O5)4]Tet.
9.7.6KurchatoviteCa(Mg,Mn2+)[B2O5]Orth.
9.7.7ClinokurchatoviteCa(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)[B2O5]Mon.
9.7.8Takéuchiite(Mg,Mn2+)2(Mn3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2Orth.
9.7.10TusioniteMn2+Sn4+[BO3]2Trig. 3 : R3

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 BlatteriteHide

Reference List:
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Raade, G.; Mladeck, M. H.; Din, V. K.; Criddle, A. J.; Stanley, C. J. (1988): Blatterite, a new antimony-bearing Mn2+-Mn3+ member of the pinakiolite group, from Nordmark, Sweden. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Monatsh. 1988, 121-136.
American Mineralogist: 74: 1398.
Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 211: 440-448.
Cooper, M.A. & Hawthorne, F.C. (1998): The crystal structure of blatterite, Sb5+(Nn3+,Fe3+)9(Mn2+,Mg)35(BO3)16O32, and structural hierarchy in Mn3+-bearing zigzag borates. Canadian Mineralogist: 36: 1171-1193.

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Localities for BlatteriteHide

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.
Sweden
 
  • Värmland
    • Filipstad
Handbook of Mineralogy
      • Nordmark Odal Field (Nordmarksberg)
Handbook of Mineralogy
Raade, G., M.H. Mladeck, V.K. Din, A.J. Criddle, and C.J. Stanley (1988): Blatterite, a new Sb-bearing Mn2+−Mn3+ member of the pinakiolite group, from Nordmark, Sweden. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie Monatshefte, 121-136
Bovin J O, Carlsson A, Sjôvall R, Thomasson R, Norrestam R, Søtofte I, (1996) The crystal structure of a blatterite mineral, Mg1.33Mn1.44Fe0.05Sb0.17O2BO3, a combined single crystal X-ray and HREM study. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 211, 440-448
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