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Light yellow through ...
Resinous, Waxy, Greasy, Silky, Dull
2½ - 4
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

Physical Properties of Bowenite

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

Chemical Properties of Bowenite

Elements listed in formula:

Other Names for Bowenite

Name in Other Languages:

Other Information

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 Bowenite

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.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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.
      • 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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