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Brownish green; black
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.

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Brownish green; black

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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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- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

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  • Aust-Agder
    • Arendal
      • Arendal Iron Mines
        • Neskilen Mines
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
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