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About BoweniteHide

Light yellow through chartreuse
Resinous, Waxy, Greasy, Silky, Dull
2½ - 4
Specific Gravity:
2.4 - 2.79
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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Pronounciation of BoweniteHide

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Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of BoweniteHide

Resinous, Waxy, Greasy, Silky, Dull
Transparent, Translucent
Light yellow through chartreuse
May grade into yellow green
2½ - 4 on Mohs scale
Irregular/Uneven, Splintery
2.4 - 2.79 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.52 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of BoweniteHide


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Health Risks:
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 BoweniteHide

This 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.

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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.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Salzburg
    • Zell am See District
      • Bramberg am Wildkogel
        • Nasenkopf mountain
E. Y. Kievlenko (2003) Geology of Gems, 84
New Zealand
Mason, A. (1976) The world of Rocks and Minerals. New York, N.Y., Larousse & Co., 108 pages.
  • Southland Region
    • Southland District
      • Fiordland National Park
        • Milford Sound
Marshall, P. (1904) Art LIII Magnesian Rocks at Milford Sound, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961, Vol. 37.
North Korea
  • South Hwanghae Province
GIA 2018
  • Punjab
    • Sargodha District
Richard M. Pearl: "Minerals of India", Mineral Digest, vol. 2.
South Korea
  • South Chungcheong Province
GIA 2018
  • 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.
Mason, A. (1976) The world of Rocks and Minerals. New York, N.Y., Larousse & Co., 108 pages.
    • Northampton Co.
      • 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
Mason, A. (1976) The world of Rocks and Minerals. New York, N.Y., Larousse & Co., 108 pages.
  • Vermont
    • Windham Co.
      • Newfane
Rocks & Min. Vol. 71, (1996)
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