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Colour:Light yellow through ...Hardness:2½ - 4
Name:Named by James D. Dana in 1850 for George Thomas Bowen [March 19, 1803 Providence, Rhode Island - October 25, 1828 Nashville, Tennessee], chemist and mineralogist and professor at University of Nashville.
A variety of Antigorite

Originally described from Dexter Quarry (Dexter Lime Quarry), Lime Rock, Lincoln, Providence Co., Rhode Island, USA.

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Classification of Bowenite

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Physical Properties of Bowenite

Lustre:Resinous, Waxy, Greasy, Silky, Dull
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent, Translucent
Colour:Light yellow through chartreuse
Comment:May grade into yellow green
Hardness (Mohs):2½ - 4
Fracture:Irregular/Uneven, Splintery
Density (measured):2.4 - 2.79 g/cm3
Density (calculated):2.52 g/cm3

Other Names for Bowenite

Nephrite (of Bowen)TangawaiteTangiwaiTangiwaite
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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.

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  • Localities for Bowenite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    • Salzburg
      • Hohe Tauern
        • Habach valley
          • Nasenkopf
    E. Y. Kievlenko (2003) Geology of Gems, 84
    • Punjab
      • Sargodha District
    Richard M. Pearl: "Minerals of India", Mineral Digest, vol. 2.
    • Maine
      • Franklin Co.
        • Eustis
    King & Foord, 1994. Mineralogy of Maine, V. 1., pp. 65-66.
    • Massachusetts
      • Middlesex Co.
    Gleba, 1978. Massachusetts Mineral & Fossil Localities
    • New York
      • Westchester Co.
    The Minerals of New York City & Its Environs, New York Mineralogical Club Bull. Vol. 3, No. 1, Manchester, J.G. (1931): 83.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Northampton Co.
        • Forks Township
          • Easton
    Lapham & Geyer, 1965. Mineral Collecting in Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
      • Providence Co.
        • Cumberland
    Miller, C. E. (1971) Rhode Island Minerals and Their Locations, O. D. Hermes, Ed., University of Rhode Island, Kingston
        • Lincoln
    Michael W. Kieron collection
          • Lime Rock
    Rocks & Minerals (1986): 61: 266; Rocks & Minerals (1986): 61: 286-289
    Miller, C. E. (1971) Rhode Island Minerals and Their Locations, O. D. Hermes, Ed., University of Rhode Island, Kingston; Rocks & Minerals (1986) 61:264-275; Rocks & Minerals (1986): 61: 286-289
    No reference listed
    • Vermont
      • Windham Co.
        • Newfane
    Rocks & Min. Vol. 71, (1996)
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