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B Mineral Index (389 Count)
This alphabetical listing of B minerals include synonyms of accepted mineral names,
pronunciation of that name, name origins, and locality information.
Valid Species (Bold); Pronunciation;
Mineral Image Gallery;
Calculated Radioactive Intensity
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Babingtonite Ca2(Fe++,Mn)Fe+++Si5O14(OH) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1824NAME ORIGIN: Named after the Irish physicist and mineralogist, W. Babington (1757-1833).
Babkinite Pb2Bi2(S,Se)3 Approved IMA 1994 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: For P. V. Babkin (1929-1977), noted Russian Geologist and the first investigator of the Nevskoye deposit.
Baddeleyite ZrO2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1892NAME ORIGIN: For Joseph Baddeley, who first called attention to the Sri Lankan material.
Bafertisite Ba(Fe++,Mn)2TiSi2O7(O,OH)2 Approved IMA 1959NAME ORIGIN: Named for the composition (Ba, ferrous, Ti, Si).
Baghdadite Ca3(Zr,Ti)Si2O9 Approved IMA 1982NAME ORIGIN: For Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
Bagotite - See Thomsonite-Ca
Bahianite Al5Sb+++++3O14(OH)2 Approved IMA 1974NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: About eight km southeast of the village of Paramirim das Crioulas, and elsewhere in the region around Rio do Picos das Almas, Serra das Almas, south-central Bahia, Brazil.
Baileychlore (Zn,Al,[ ])3[Fe++2Al][Si3AlO10](OH)8 Approved IMA 1988NAME ORIGIN: Named for Sturges W. Bailey (1919-), mineralogist University of Wisconsin.
Baiyuneboite-(Ce) - See Cordylite-(Ce)REMARKS: Discredited
Bakerite Ca4B4(BO4)(SiO4)3(OH)3·(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1903NAME ORIGIN: For Richard C. Baker, of Nutfield, Surrey, England, Mining Director of the Pacific Coast Borax Co., who discovered the mineral.
Bakhchisaraitsevite Na2Mg5(PO4)4·7(H2O) Approved IMA 1999 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for crystallographer Alexander Yu. Bakhchisaraitsev (1947-1998).
Baking soda - See Nahcolite
Baksanite Bi6Te2S3 Approved IMA 1963 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named after the discovery locality. LOCALITY: Tyrngauz deposit, Baksan River valley, northern Caucasus, Russia.
Balangeroite (Mg,Fe+++,Fe++,Mn++)42Si16O54(OH)40 Approved IMA 1983NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Balangero (San Vittore) mine, Piedmont, Italy.
Balas ruby - See SpinelREMARKS: Red spinel
Balavinskite Sr2B6O11·4(H2O) Discredited IMA 1971 - Published 1966NAME ORIGIN: Unknown.
Balavinskite ? - See Tunellite
Balipholite BaMg2LiAl3Si4O12(OH,F)8 Approved IMA 1974NAME ORIGIN: Named for Barium and Lithium in the composition, and the Chinese for fibrous.
Balkanite Cu9Ag5HgS8 Approved IMA 1973NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Sedmochislenitsi mine, Vratsa district, Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria.
Balyakinite CuTeO3 Approved IMA 1980NAME ORIGIN: Named for Tat’yana Stepanovna Balyakina (1906-1986), Geology Instructor, Moscow University, Moscow, Russia.
Bambollaite Cu(Se,Te)2 Approved IMA 1972NAME ORIGIN: For the Spanish nickname "La Bambolla" of the mine in which it occurs, which roughly translates into "hot air" in allusion to exaggerated tales of rich gold ore.
Bamfordite Fe+++Mo2O6(OH)3·(H2O) Approved IMA 1996 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Found at the Bamford Hill W-Mo-Bi deposits, 85 km WSW of Cairns, northern Queensland, Australia,
Banalsite BaNa2Al4Si4O16 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1944NAME ORIGIN: Named from a contraction of the component cation symbols: Ba, Na,Al, and Si.
Bandylite CuB(OH)4Cl Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1938NAME ORIGIN: Named for Mark Chance Bandy (1900-1963), American mining engineer, mineralogist, and mineral collector, who first collected the mineral.
Bannermanite (Na,K)0.7V+++++6O15 Approved IMA 1981NAME ORIGIN: Named for Harold M. Bannerman (1897-1976), U. S. Economic Geologist.
Bannisterite KCa(Mn,Fe++,Zn,Mg)21(Si,Al)32O76(OH)16·4-12(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1936NAME ORIGIN: Named for Dr. Frederick Allen Bannister (1901-?), formerly Keeper of Minerals, British Museum (Natural History), London, England.
Bannisterite - See BariumbannisteriteREMARKS: Barium rich
Baotite Ba4(Ti,Nb)8Si4O28Cl Approved IMA 1959NAME ORIGIN: For the locality. LOCALITY: From the Baiyun-Obo mine near Pat-t'ou (Baotou in Russian), Inner Mongolia..
Barahonaite-(Al) (Ca,Cu,Na,Fe+++,Al )12Al2(AsO4)8(OH,Cl)x·nH2O Approved IMA 2008 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for its relationship with barahonaite-(Fe).
Barahonaite-(Fe) (Ca,Cu,Na,Fe+++,Al )12Fe+++2(AsO4)8(OH,Cl)x·nH2O Approved IMA 2006 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for Antonio Barahona of Madrid who recognized the potential of the Dolores site and provided the original specimens.
Bararite (NH4)2SiF6 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1951NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Bararee colliery, Barari, Jharia coalfield, West Bengal, India.
Baratovite KCa7(Ti,Zr)2Li3Si12O36F2 Approved IMA 1975NAME ORIGIN: For Rauf Baratovich Baratov, Soviet petrographer, of Tadzhikistan.
Barberiite (NH4)BF4 Approved IMA 1994NAME ORIGIN: Named for Franco Barberi, Italian volcanologist, University of Pisa, Italy.
Barbertonite Mg6Cr2(CO3)(OH)16·4(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1940NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Kaapsehoop asbestos mine, Kaapse Hoop, Barberton district, Transvaal, South Africa.
Barbosalite Fe++Fe+++2(PO4)2(OH)2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1955NAME ORIGIN: Named for Aluxio Licinio de Miranda Barbosa (1916- ), Professor of Geology, School of Mines, Ouro Preto, Brazil.
Barentsite Na7AlH2(CO3)4F4 Approved IMA 1983NAME ORIGIN: Named to honor Dutch sailor Willem Barents and the sea that washes the Kola Peninsula.
Bariandite Al0.6V8O20·9(H2O) Approved IMA 1971NAME ORIGIN: Named for Pierre Bariand (1933-), French mineralogist.
Baricite (Mg,Fe++)3(PO4)2·8(H2O) Approved IMA 1976NAME ORIGIN: Honors Dr. Ljudevit Baric, former Director if the Mineralogical Museum and Professor of Mineralogy, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.
Bariolgite - See Bario-olgite
Bari-olgite - See Bario-olgite
Bariomicrolite Ba(Ta,Nb)2(O,OH)7 Approved IMA 1977NAME ORIGIN: Assigned by the IMA pyrochlore nomenclature group for the predominant barium content and to microlite.
Bario-olgite Na(Ba,Sr,Na,REE)PO4 Approved IMA 2004 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for the composition and relationship to olgite.
Bario-orthojoaquinite Fe++2(Ba,Sr)4Ti2[Si4O12]O2·(H2O) Approved IMA 1980NAME ORIGIN: Named after its composition, orthorhombic crystal structure, and the relationship to joaquinite (named for Joaquin Ridge, Diablo Range, California, USA).
Barioperovskite BaTiO3 Approved IMA 2006 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named as the barium analoge of perovskite.
Bariopharmacosiderite BaFe+++4(AsO4)3(OH)5·5(H2O) Approved IMA 1966NAME ORIGIN: Named as the barium analog of pharmacosiderite.
Bariopyrochlore (Ba,Sr)(Nb,Ti)2(O,OH)7 Approved IMA 1977NAME ORIGIN: Assigned by the IMA pyrochlore nomenclature group for the predominant barium content and to pyrochlore.
Bariosincosite Ba(V++++O)2(PO4)2·4(H2O) Approved IMA 1998 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for its relationship to sincosite.
Barite BaSO4 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1640NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek, baryos, "heavy."
Barium-alumopharmacosiderite BaAl4(AsO4)3(OH)5·5(H2O) Discredited IMA 1971 - Approved IMA 1966NAME ORIGIN: Named in 1966 as the aluminum end member with barium pharmcosiderite.
Bariumbannisterite (K,H3O)(Ba,Ca)(Mn++,Fe++,Mg)21(Si,Al)32O80(O,OH)16·4-12(H2O) Not Approved IMANAME ORIGIN: Named as the barium analog of bannisterite.
Bariumbrewsterite - See Brewsterite-Ba
Barium-pharmacosiderite - See BariopharmacosideriteREMARKS: Renamed Bariopharmacosiderite by Mineralogical Record, v39 (2008), p131
Barium-zinc-alumopharmacosiderite (Ba,K)0.5(Zn,Cu)0.5(Al,Fe)4(AsO4)3·5(H2O) Not Approved IMANAME ORIGIN: Named as the Ba and Zn analog of pharmacosiderite.
Barkevicite - See Ferrohornblende
Barkevikite - See Ferro-edenite
Barnesite Na2V6O16·3(H2O) Approved IMA 1963NAME ORIGIN: Named for William H. Barnes (1903- ), National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, authority on the crystallography of many vanadium minerals.
Barquillite Cu2CdGeS4 Approved IMA 1996 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named after Barquilla, a village near the discovery locality. LOCALITY: Fuentes Villanas mine, Barquilla Sn-Ge-Cd-Cu-Fe vein-type deposit, southwestern Salamanca, Spain.
Barrandite - See Variscite
Barrandite - See Strengite
Barrerite (Na,K,Ca)2Al2Si7O18·6(H2O) Approved IMA 1974NAME ORIGIN: For Richard Maling Barrer (1910- ), New Zealand-born British teacher ad student of the chemistry of zeolites.
Barringerite (Fe,Ni)2P Approved IMA 1969NAME ORIGIN: Names in 1969 for Daniel M. Barringer (1860-1929), U.S. Mining engineer, who established the meteoritic origin of Meteor Crater, Arizona.
Barringtonite MgCO3·2(H2O) Approved IMA 1965NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Barrington Tops, NSW, Australia.
Barroisite [ ](CaNa)Mg3AlFe+++Si7AlO22(OH)2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1922NAME ORIGIN: Not given in original paper.
Barsanovite - See GeorgbarsanoviteREMARKS: Discredited 1969
Barstowite Pb4(CO3)Cl6·(H2O) Approved IMA 1991NAME ORIGIN: Named for Richard William Barstow (1947-1982), Cornish mineral dealer.
Bartelkeite PbFe++Ge3O8 Approved IMA 1981NAME ORIGIN: Named for Wolfgang Bartelke, mineral collector and specialist in Tsumeb mineral.
Bartonite K3Fe10S14 Approved IMA 1981NAME ORIGIN: For Paul B. Barton, Jr., sulfide petrologist with the U.S. Geological Society.
Barylite BaBe2Si2O7 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1876NAME ORIGIN: Named from the Greek for "heavy", in allusion to its high specific gravity.
Barysilite Pb8Mn(Si2O7)3 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1888NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for heavy and for SILicon in its composition.
Barytes - See Barite
Barytkreuzstein - See Harmotome
Barytocalcite BaCa(CO3)2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1824NAME ORIGIN: Named from its chemical composition.
Barytolamprophyllite Ba2Na3(Fe+++,Ti)3(Si2O7)2(O,OH,F)4 Approved IMA 1965NAME ORIGIN: Named for the composition and similarity to lamprophyllite.
Basaluminite Al4(SO4)(OH)10·5(H2O) Discredited IMA 2006NAME ORIGIN: Named from the composition (basic sulfate of aluminum).
Bassanite 2CaSO4·(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1910NAME ORIGIN: Named for Francesco Basani (185301916). Italian paleontologist, University of Naples, Italy.
Bassetite Fe++(UO2)2(PO4)2·8(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1915NAME ORIGIN: For the Basset mine group, Cornwall, England, from which it was first described.
Bastnasite-(Ce) Ce(CO3)F Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1841NAME ORIGIN: Named after its locality. LOCALITY: Bastnas Mine, Riddarhyttan district, Vastermanland, Sweden.
Bastnasite-(La) La(CO3)F Approved IMA 1966NAME ORIGIN: Named after its locality Bastnas Mine, Riddarhyttan, Vastmanland, Sweden. LOCALITY: Gallinas Mountains, New Mexico, USA.
Bastnasite-(Y) Y(CO3)F Approved IMA 1970NAME ORIGIN: Named as the Y end member and after the Bastnas Mine, Riddarhyttan, Vastmanland, Sweden.
Batavite - See VermiculiteREMARKS: Fe-poor variety of vermiculite
Batiferrite Ba(Ti2Fe+++8Fe++2)O19 Approved IMA 1997 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for the chemical composition (Ba,Ti,Fe) and the structural relationships to hexaferrite-type compounds.
Batisite BaNaNaTi2O2[Si4O12] Approved IMA 1960NAME ORIGIN: For Ba, Ti, Si in the composition.
Batisivite (Ti,V,Cr)14Ba[Si2O7]O22 Approved IMA 2006 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for the composition Ba, Ti, Si, and V.
Baumhauerite Pb3As4S9 Approved IMA 1989NAME ORIGIN: For Heinrich Adolph Baumhauer (1848-1926), German mineralogist and Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Baumhauerite-2a Pb3As4S9 Approved IMA 1990 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named as the monoclinic polymorph of baumhauerite.
Baumstarkite Ag3(Sb,As)2SbS6 Approved IMA 2002 (Dana # Added)NAME ORIGIN: Named for Manfred Baumstark(1954-), German mineralogist who first recognized the mineral.
Bauranoite BaU2O7·4-5(H2O) Approved IMA 1972NAME ORIGIN: Named for its composition of (Ba)(Urano)ite.
Bauxite - See BoehmiteREMARKS: Al ore mixture
Bavenite Ca4Be2Al2Si9O26(OH)2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1901NAME ORIGIN: Named after its locality. LOCALITY: Baveno, Lago Maggiore, Piedmont, Italy.
Bayankhanite Cu6HgS4 Discredited IMA 2006NAME ORIGIN: Named after the locality. LOCALITY: Idermeg-bayan-khan-ula, Mongolia.
Bayerite Al(OH)3 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1928NAME ORIGIN: The artificial compound is thought to have been named for the 19th-century German metallurgist Karl J. Bayer; the name was then applied to the natural mineral.
Bayldonite (Cu,Zn)3Pb(AsO3OH)2(OH)2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1865NAME ORIGIN: Named after John Bayldon of England.
Bayleyite Mg2(UO2)(CO3)3·18(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1948NAME ORIGIN: Named for William Shirley Bayley (1861-1943), American mineralogist and geologist, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA
Baylissite K2Mg(CO3)2·4(H2O) Approved IMA 1976NAME ORIGIN: Named for Noel Stanley Bayliss, Professor of Chemistry, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, who characterized the synthetic compound.
Bazhenovite CaS5·CaS2O3·6Ca(OH)2·20(H2O) Approved IMA 1987NAME ORIGIN: Named for A. G. Bazhenov (petrographer) and L. F. Bazhenov (analytical chemist), Russian scientists.
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