It was found that with increasing calcination temperatures, a veatchite phase was observed.
The broad peaks were indexed to strontium borate (PDF: 01-074-2316) and veatchite (PDF: 01-074-2316).
By increasing the calcination temperature from 710degC to 800degC, the intensities of the veatchite peaks increased.
With further increase in the calcination temperature from 710 to 800degC, the veatchite content also increased.
Switzer was involved in the description and naming of five new mineral species during his career: veatchite
(1950), ordonezite (1955), paradamite (1956), paratellurite (1960) and galeite (1963).
, a strontium borate of rare occurrence, occurred sparingly in the Billie mine except for the 1360 level, 2S drift, where numerous vugs were filled with small (up to 5 mm) veatchite
balls in colemanite vugs, occasionally occurring with celestine.