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Neolite

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Colour:Brownish green; black
Name:The name (first in German, Neolith) was introduced by Scheerer (1847) for a brownish green to black secondary mineral that occurred on the mine walls of (Old) Aslak Mine, one of the Neskil Mines, Arendal, Norway. It occurred as blades or fibres in bush-like or star-shaped aggregates. He gave the mineral the name neolite after the greek νεος, new, plus λίθος, stone. The chemical analysis he presented gave a Mg-containing aluminosilicate. Scheerer concluded that it was a talc in which part of the Si is substituted by Al.


An inadequately described aluminosilicate of magnesium, possibly talc.

Classification of Neolite

IMA status:Not Approved
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Physical Properties of Neolite

Colour:Brownish green; black

Other Names for Neolite

Other Languages:
German:Neolith

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 Neolite

Reference List:

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- Scheerer, Th.(1847): Ueber den Neolith, ein mineral jüngster Bildung. Annalen der Physik und Chemie (herausgegeben zu Berlin von J.C. Poggendorf). 71, 285-297.
- Raade, G. (1996): Minerals originally described from Norway. Including notes on type material. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift, 11, 104 pp. + plates 1-7 [p.57]

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