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Colourless; colourless in transmitted light
Crystal System:
Named for Eugene Woldemar Hilgard (1833-1916), German-American geologist, one of the first to describe the Loiuisiana salt dome deposits.
A polytype of Hilgardite

Originally described from Choctaw Salt Dome, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, USA.

Physical Properties of Hilgardite-3Tc

Colourless; colourless in transmitted light
On {010} and {100}.

Optical Data of Hilgardite-3Tc

Biaxial (+)
r > v

Crystallography of Hilgardite-3Tc

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
1 - Pedial
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.24 Å, b = 22.28 Å, c = 6.2 Å
α = 90°, β = 90°, γ = 91.2°
a:b:c = 0.504 : 1 : 0.278
Unit Cell V:
1,552.31 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Only occurs as oriented intergrowths with hilgardite. The intergrowths are comprised of two partly merged individual crystals of Hilgardite-3Tc, one right-handed and one left-handed, in apparent twin position. These are attached by the positive end of [100] to (100) of a single Hilgardite crystal. Common forms include b, p, t.

Epitaxial Relationships of Hilgardite-3Tc

Epitaxial Minerals:
HilgarditeCa2B5O9Cl · H2O
Epitaxy Comments:
Parahilgardite {100} [001] parallel with Hilgardite {100} [001], with the {010} cleavages of the two minerals inclined at 1°12'.

Synonyms of Hilgardite-3Tc

Other Language Names for Hilgardite-3Tc

Common Associates

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Hilgardite4 photos of Hilgardite-3Tc associated with Hilgardite on
Boracite4 photos of Hilgardite-3Tc associated with Boracite on

Other Information

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 Hilgardite-3Tc

Reference List:
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Hurlbut (1938) American Mineralogist: 23: 765 (as Parahilgardite).
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: 383 (as Parahilgardite).
American Mineralogist (1985): 70: 636-637.

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Localities for Hilgardite-3Tc

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.
(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.
  • Yunnan Province
    • Pu'er Prefecture
      • Jiangcheng Co.
Li, M., Yan, M., Wang, Z., Liu, X., Fang, X., & Li, J. (2015). The origins of the Mengye potash deposit in the Lanping–Simao Basin, Yunnan Province, Western China. Ore Geology Reviews, 69, 174-186.
  • England
    • North Yorkshire
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
  • Louisiana
    • Iberville Parish
      • Plaquemine
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: 383, 384; Rocks & Minerals: 69(3): 156-162.; American Mineralogist 23:898
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