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Named after Colin R. Owen, a mineral dealer from Somerset West, South Africa.

New structure type.

Found in the Central-Eastern orebody of the Wessel's mine.

Classification of Colinowensite

IMA status:Approved 2012
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Type Occurrence of Colinowensite

Type Locality:Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Place of Conservation of Type Material:Type material is preserved in the collections of the Institute für Mineralogie und Kristallographie, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, catalogue number HS13.097.

Crystallography of Colinowensite

Crystal System:Tetragonal
Class (H-M):4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal
Space Group:I41/acd {I41/a 2/c 2/d}
Cell Parameters:a = 9.966(1) Å, c = 22.293(3) Å
Ratio:a:c = 1 : 2.237
Unit Cell Volume:V 2,214.17 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
5.577 (31)
4.997 (30)
4.560 (31)
3.533 (70)
2.985 (100)
2.499 (57)
2.280 (23)
1.767 (19)

Chemical Properties of Colinowensite

Simplified for copy/paste:BaCuSi2O6
Essential elements:Ba, Cu, O, Si
All elements listed in formula:Ba, Cu, O, Si

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Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Colinowensite

Reference List:

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Rieck, B. (2013) Colinowensite, IMA 2012-060. CNMNC Newsletter No. 15, February 2013, page 6; Mineralogical Magazine, 77, 1-12.

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    South Africa
    • Northern Cape Province
      • Kalahari manganese field
        • Hotazel
    Rieck, B. (2013) Colinowensite, IMA 2012-060. CNMNC Newsletter No. 15, February 2013, page 6; Mineralogical Magazine, 77, 1-12.
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