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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.

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Borovskite Say Borovskite  View Borovskite Image Pd3SbTe4 Approved IMA 1973
NAME ORIGIN: For Igor Borisovich Borovskii, Russian pioneer in microprobe analysis.
Bortnikovite Pd4Cu3Zn Approved IMA 2006 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Nikolai Stefanovich Bortnikov, mineralogist and researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Bostwickite Say Bostwickite CaMn+++6Si3O16·7(H2O) Approved IMA 1982
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Richard C. Bostwick (1943-), collector and compiler of data on Franklin and Sterling Hill, NJ mineralogy, particularly fluorescent species.
Botallackite Say Botallackite  View Botallackite Image  Cu2Cl(OH)3 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1865
NAME ORIGIN: For the occurrence in the Botallack mine, Cornwall, England.
Botryogen Say Botryogen  View Botryogen Images Gallery  MgFe+++(SO4)2(OH)·7(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1828
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek, botrys, meaning "grape' and genos, meaning "to yield."
Bottinoite Say Bottinoite  View Bottinoite Image  NiSb+++++2(OH)12·6(H2O) Approved IMA 1992
NAME ORIGIN: For its occurrence in the Bottino mine, Italy.
Bouazzerite View Bouazzerite Image Bi6(Mg,Co)11Fe14[AsO4]18O12(OH)4(H2O)86 Approved IMA 2005 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: The name recognizes the exceptional significance of the Bou Azzer district and, in particular, of the Bou Azzer mine to mineralogical sciences and mineral collecting.
Boulangerite Say Boulangerite  View Boulangerite Image View Boulangerite Form  Pb5Sb4S11 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1837
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the French mining engineer, C. L. Boulanger (1810-1849). Later name from an occurrence near Mullan, Idaho.
Bournonite Say Bournonite  View Bournonite Images Gallery View Bournonite Form  PbCuSbS3 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1805
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the French mineralogist, J. L. de Bournon (1751-1825).
Boussingaultite Say Boussingaultite  View Boussingaultite Image  (NH4)2Mg(SO4)2·6(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1864
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Jean-Baptiste Joseph Dieudonne Boussingault (1802-1887), French chemist, Lyon University, Lyon, France.
Bowenite - See Antigorite
Bowieite Say Bowieite  View Bowieite Image  (Rh,Ir,Pt)1.77S3 Approved IMA 1984
NAME ORIGIN: For the British scientist, Dr. Stanley Hay Umphray Bowie, of the Institure of Geological Sciences, London, England.
Bowmanite - See Goyazite
Boyleite Say Boyleite  View Boyleite Image  (Zn,Mg)SO4·4(H2O) Approved IMA 1978
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Robert William Boyle (1920- ), Canadian geochemist, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
Brabantite - See Cheralite-(Ce)
Brabantite Say Brabantite  View Brabantite Image  CaTh(PO4)2 Discredited IMA 2006
NAME ORIGIN: For the Brabant Farm, Namibia, location of the pegmatite where the mineral was first found. LOCALITY: In the Van der Made pegmatite, Brabant Farm, west of Itiro, Karibib district, Namibia.
Bracewellite Say Bracewellite   Cr+++O(OH) Approved IMA 1967
NAME ORIGIN: Named after Smith Bracewell, Director of the British Guiana (now Guyana) Geological Survey.
Brackebuschite Say Brackebuschite  View Brackebuschite Image  Pb2(Mn,Fe++)(VO4)2(OH) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1880
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Ludwig Brackebusch (1849-1906), Professor of Mineralogy, University of Cordoba, Cordove, Argentina.
Bradaczekite View Bradaczekite Image View Bradaczekite Form  NaCu4(AsO4)3 Approved IMA 2000 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Hans Bradaczek (1940-), crystallographer of the Free University of Berlin.
Bradleyite Say Bradleyite  View Bradleyite Image Na3Mg(PO4)(CO3) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1941
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Wilmot Hyde Bradley (1899-1979), geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, who studied the Green River formation.
Braggite Say Braggite  View Braggite Image  (Pt,Pd,Ni)S Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1932
NAME ORIGIN: To honor Sir William Henry Bragg (1862-1942) and Professor William Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971), pioneers in the X-ray investigations of crystals, as this is the first new mineral to be discovered by X-ray methods alone.
Braithwaiteite  NaCu5(Ti,Sb)2O2(AsO4)4[AsO3(OH)]2·8H2O Approved IMA 2006
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Richard Braithwaite, University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Braitschite-(Ce) Say Braitschite-(Ce)  View Braitschite-(Ce) Image  (Ca,Na2)7(Ce,La)2B22O43·7(H2O) Approved IMA 1968
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Otto Braitsch (1921-1966), German mineralogist.
Brammallite Say Brammallite  View Brammallite Image (Na,H3O)(Al,Mg,Fe)2(Si,Al)4O10[(OH)2,(H2O)] Not Approved IMA 1998
NAME ORIGIN: Named in 1943 for Alfred Brammall (1879-?), British gologist and mineralogist.
Brandesite - See Clintonite
Brandholzite View Brandholzite Form  Mg[Sb(OH)6]2·6(H2O) Approved IMA 1998 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the locality. LOCALITY: Schmidten-Schacht and Jakobi-Schacht (pits) of the master lode in the former Brandholz-Groldkronach mining district in the western part of the Fichtelgebirge, Bavaria, Germany.
Brandtite Say Brandtite  View Brandtite Image View Brandtite Form  Ca2(Mn,Mg)(AsO4)2·2(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1888
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Georg Brandt (1694-1768), Swedish chemist.
Brannerite Say Brannerite  View Brannerite Image   (U,Ca,Ce)(Ti,Fe)2O6 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1920
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the American geologist, G. Branner (1850-1922).
Brannockite Say Brannockite  View Brannockite Image   KSn2Li3Si12O30 Approved IMA 1973
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Dr. Kent C. Brannock, Chemist, Kingsport, TN.
Brass View Brass Image Cu3Zn2 Not Approved IMA
NAME ORIGIN: Named as an alloy of copper and zinc.
Brassite Say Brassite  View Brassite Image  Mg(AsO3OH)·4(H2O) Approved IMA 1973
NAME ORIGIN: Honoring Rejane Brasse, who first synthesized the compound.
Braunite-I Say Braunite-I  View Braunite-I Image View Braunite-I Form Mn++Mn+++6SiO12 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1831
NAME ORIGIN: Named after K. Braun (1790-1872) from Gotha, Germany.
Braunite-II Say Braunite-II  View Braunite-II Image View Braunite-II Form Mn++Mn+++6SiO12 Not Approved IMA 1967
NAME ORIGIN: Named after K. Braun (1790-1872) from Gotha, Germany.
Bravoite Say Bravoite  View Bravoite Image View Bravoite Form (Fe,Ni,Co)S2 Discredited IMA 1989 - Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1907
NAME ORIGIN: Named for J. J. Bravo (1874-1928), Peruvian scientist.
Bravoite-Ni - See Pyrite
Brazilianite Say Brazilianite  View Brazilianite Image View Brazilianite Form  NaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1945
NAME ORIGIN: Named after its first discovery in Brazil.
Bredigite Say Bredigite  View Bredigite Image  Ca7Mg(SiO4)4 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1948
NAME ORIGIN: For Max Albrecht Bredig (1902- ), physical chemist, who studied the polymorphism of Ca2SiO4.
Breislakite - See Ilvaite
REMARKS: Fiberous ilvaite
Breithauptite Say Breithauptite  View Breithauptite Image View Breithauptite Form  NiSb Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1845
NAME ORIGIN: After the Saxon mineralogist Johann Friedrich August Breithaupt (1791-1873).
Brendelite Say Brendelite  View Brendelite Image  (Bi,Pb)2Fe(PO4)(O,OH)3 Approved IMA 1999 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Christain Friedrick Brendel (1776-1861), in recognition of his development and application of mechanized mining technology.
Brenkite Say Brenkite  View Brenkite Image  Ca2(CO3)F2 Approved IMA 1978
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Schellkopf, 0.5 km west of Brenk, Eifel district, Germany.
Brewsterite - See Brewsterite-Sr
Brewsterite-Ba Say Brewsterite-Ba  View Brewsterite-Ba Image  (Ba,Sr)Al2Si6O16·5(H2O) Approved IMA 1998 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named as the barium analogue of brewterite-Sr (formerly bariumbrewsterite).
Brewsterite-Sr Say Brewsterite-Sr  View Brewsterite-Sr Image   (Sr,Ba)Al4Si12O32·10(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1822
NAME ORIGIN: Named after David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish physicist, who studied the optical properties of minerals and the element Strontium.
Brezinaite Say Brezinaite   Cr3S4 Approved IMA 1969
NAME ORIGIN: For Aristides Brezina (1848-1909), past Director of the Mineralogy-Petrology Section of the Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Brianite Say Brianite   Na2CaMg(PO4)2 Approved IMA 1967
NAME ORIGIN: In honor of Dr. Brian Harold Mason (1917- ), U.S. National Museum, Washington, D.C., USA, for his contributions to the study of meteorites.
Brianroulstonite Say Brianroulstonite   Ca3[B5O6(OH)6](OH)Cl2·8(H2O) Approved IMA 1997 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: For Brian V. Roulston (1948-), in recognition of his work on the geology of evaporite deposits.
Brianyoungite Say Brianyoungite  View Brianyoungite Image Zn3(CO3,SO4)(OH)4 Approved IMA 1993
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Brian Young (1947- ), field geologist and mineralogist of the British Geological Survey, who provided the first specimens.
Briartite Say Briartite  View Briartite Image  Cu2(Zn,Fe)GeS4 Approved IMA 1965
NAME ORIGIN: For Gaston Briart, who studied the Kipushi deposit.
Brindleyite Say Brindleyite  View Brindleyite Image (Ni,Mg,Fe++)2Al(SiAl)O5(OH)4 Approved IMA 1978
NAME ORIGIN: Name for Dr. George William Brindley (1905-1983), Professor of Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.
Brinrobertsite  (Na,K,Ca)x(Al,Fe,Mg)4(Si,Al)8O20(OH)4·3.54(H2O) [x = 0.35, n = 3.54] Approved IMA 2002 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Brin Roberts, specialist for British clay minerals in the University of London.
Britholite-(Ce) Say Britholite-(Ce)  View Britholite-(Ce) Image   (Ce,Ca,Th,La,Nd)5(SiO4,PO4)3(OH,F) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1901
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for weight, in allusion to its density and the content of Ce.
Britholite-(Y) Say Britholite-(Y)  View Britholite-(Y) Image  (Y,Ca)5(SiO4,PO4)3(OH,F) Approved IMA 1966
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for weight, in allusion to its density and the content of Y
Brittle Silver Ore - See Stephanite
Britvinite  Pb7+xMg4.5[(Si,Al)5O14](BO3)(BO3,AsO4)(CO3)(OH,O)7 ( x < 0.5) Approved IMA 2006 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Sergei Nikolaevich Britvin (b. 1965), a Russian mineralogist.
Brizziite-III Say Brizziite-III  View Brizziite-III Image NaSb+++++O3 Approved IMA 1994
NAME ORIGIN: For Dr. Giancarlo Brizzi (1936-1992) who discovered the mineral.
Brizziite-VII Say Brizziite-VII  View Brizziite-VII Image NaSb+++++O3 Approved IMA 1992
NAME ORIGIN: For Dr. Giancarlo Brizzi (1936-1992) who discovered the mineral.
Brochantite Say Brochantite  View Brochantite Images Gallery View Brochantite Form  Cu4(SO4)(OH)6 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1824
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the French geologist and mineralogist, A. J. M. Brochant de Villiers (1772-1840).
Brockite Say Brockite  View Brockite Image  (Ca,Th,Ce)(PO4)·(H2O) Approved IMA 1962
NAME ORIGIN: To honor Maurice R. Brock, U.S. Geological Survey, who supplied the first specimen.
Brodtkorbite View Brodtkorbite Image Cu2HgSe2 Approved IMA 2002 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Milka Kronegold de Brodtkorb (1932-), Professor at the University of Buenos Aries and La Plata, Argentina
Broggerite - See Uraninite
REMARKS: Th bearing
Brokenhillite (Mn,Fe)32[Si24O60]OH29Cl11 Not Approved IMA
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
Brokenhillite - See Pyrosmalite-(Mn)
Bromargyrite Say Bromargyrite  View Bromargyrite Image  AgBr Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1841
NAME ORIGIN: Named after its composition of bromine (Greek, bromos - "stench") and silver (Latin, argentum).
Bromellite Say Bromellite  View Bromellite Images Gallery View Bromellite Form  BeO Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1825
NAME ORIGIN: For Magnus von Bromell (1670-1731), Swedish physician and mineralogist.
Bromyrite - See Bromargyrite
Brongniardite - See Diaphorite
Bronzite - See Enstatite
REMARKS: Bronze brown colored enstatite
Bronzite - See Hypersthene
Brookite Say Brookite  View Brookite Image View Brookite Form  TiO2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1825
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the English mineralogist, Henry James Brucke (1771-1857), a London mineralogist and wool trader.
Brownleeite View Brownleeite Image MnSi Proposed IMA 2008 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named after Donald E. Brownlee, professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle
Brown manganese ore - See Manganite
Brownmillerite Say Brownmillerite  View Brownmillerite Image  Ca2(Al,Fe+++)2O5 Approved IMA 1964
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Lorrin Thomas Brownmiller (1902-), Chef chemist of the Alpha Portland Cement Company, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA.
Brown Spar - See Ankerite
Brucite Say Brucite  View Brucite Images Gallery View Brucite Form  Mg(OH)2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1824
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the American mineralogist, A. Bruce (1777-1818).
Brueggenite - See Bruggenite
Bruggenite Say Bruggenite   Ca(IO3)2·(H2O) Approved IMA 1971
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Juan Bruggen (1887-1953), University of Chile, who wrote the first textbook on the geology of Chile.
Brugnatellite Say Brugnatellite  View Brugnatellite Image Mg6Fe+++(CO3)(OH)13·4(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1909
NAME ORIGIN: Named after Luigi Brugnatelli (1859-1928), mineralogist, University of Pavia, Italy.
Brumadoite Cu3(TeO4)(OH)4·5H2O Approved IMA 2008 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Pedra Preta mine, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
Brunogeierite Say Brunogeierite  View Brunogeierite Image View Brunogeierite Form  (Ge++,Fe++)Fe+++2O4 Approved IMA 1972
NAME ORIGIN: For Dr. Bruno H. Geier (1902- ), formerly Chief Mineralogist, Tsumeb Corporation, Tsumeb, Namibia.
Brunsvigite - See Chamosite
Brushite Say Brushite  View Brushite Image  CaHPO4·2(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1865
NAME ORIGIN: To honor Professor George Jarvis Brush (1831-1912), American mineralogist, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Buchwaldite Say Buchwaldite   NaCaPO4 Approved IMA 1977
NAME ORIGIN: To honor Dr. Vagn Fabius Buchwald (1929- ), Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark, for his contributions to the study of iron meteorites.
Buckhornite Say Buckhornite   AuPb2BiTe2S3 Approved IMA 1992
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the locality. LOCALITY: Buckhorn mine, near Jamestown, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Buckminsterfullerene - See Fullerite
Bucky Balls - See Fullerite
Buddingtonite Say Buddingtonite  View Buddingtonite Image  (NH4)AlSi3O8·0.5(H2O) Approved IMA 1964
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Arthur Francis Buddington (1890-1980), American petrologist, Princeton University.
Buergerite Say Buergerite  View Buergerite Image  NaFe+++3Al6(BO3)3Si6O21F Approved IMA 1966 (Dana # Changed)
NAME ORIGIN: To honor Professor Martin Buerger (1903-1986), eminent crystallographer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Buergerite - See Buergerite
REMARKS: (61.3.1.5)
Buetschliite - See Butschliite
Bukovite Say Bukovite  View Bukovite Image Tl2Cu3FeSe4 Approved IMA 1971
NAME ORIGIN: For its occurrence at Bukov, Czechoslovakia.
Bukovskyite Say Bukovskyite  View Bukovskyite Image Fe+++2(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)·7(H2O) Approved IMA 1967
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the Czech chemist, Antonin Bukovsky (1865-1950).
Bulachite Say Bulachite Al2(AsO4)(OH)3·3(H2O) Approved IMA 1985
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Neubulach, northern Black Forest, Germany.
Bultfonteinite Say Bultfonteinite  View Bultfonteinite Image  Ca2SiO2(OH,F)4 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1932
NAME ORIGIN: For the Bultfontein mine, Kimberley, South Africa, where it was first discovered.
Bundle zeolite - See Stilbite-Na
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