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About NovaculiteHide

White, gray, black
Waxy, Dull
A variety of Chert

Novaculite is a uniform, fine-grained hard rock mostly composed of extremely fine-grained to cryptocrystalline quartz. It may be white, gray, or black due to impurities. (It is not a slate.)

Physical Properties of NovaculiteHide

Waxy, Dull
White, gray, black
Color varies from white when pur to dark when additional minerals are present.
The rock is "tough" due to fine-grained interlocking texture.

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.
Industrial Uses:
Used as an abrasive rock for grinding and sharpening purposes.

Internet Links for NovaculiteHide

Localities for NovaculiteHide

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.

Locality ListHide

- 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.
  • Arkansas
Arkansas Archeological Survey (2015) Arkansas Novaculite
      • Hot Springs
Observed - K. Nash
    • Hot Spring Co.
Arkansas Archeological Survey (2015) Arkansas Novaculite
Arkansas Archeological Survey (2015) Arkansas Novaculite
Arkansas Archeological Survey (2015) Arkansas Novaculite
Arkansas Archeological Survey (2015) Arkansas Novaculite
Arkansas Archeological Survey (2015) Arkansas Novaculite
  • North Carolina
    • Davidson Co.
      • Carolina Slate Belt
        • Cid District
          • Silver Valley
Carpenter III, P. Albert (1976) Metallic Mineral Deposits of the Carolina Slate Belt, North Carolina : NCGS Bulletion 84
  • Oklahoma
Ransom, Jay Ellis.,(1974) Gems and Minerals of America
  • Texas
Garner,L.Edwin (2010) Mineral Resources and Mining :The Handbook of Texas Online
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