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Searlesite

Phyllosilicate

Searlesite is a sodium mineral, with the chemical formula NaBSi2O5(OH)2. It was discovered in 1914 at Searles Lake, and was named to honor John W. Searles (16 November 1828 - 7 October 1897), California pioneer , who drilled the well that yielded the first known Searlesite.

Searlesite is usually found disseminated in fine-grained lacustrine strata and often associated with altering volcanic ash. It may be a minor component of borate deposits, but it is rarely found concentrated or in megascopic crystals and so has not been developed as an ore mineral of boron. It occurs interbedded with oil shales (Green River Formation -bearing evaporite in phonolite ).

Identification

Color of mineral

White
Brown

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

1
2

Density ( specific gravity )

1.516
1.531
1.535

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic