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General Bowieite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: (Rh,Ir,Pt)1.77S3
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 342.08 gm
   Iridium   29.84 %  Ir
   Platinum  10.09 %  Pt
   Rhodium   31.95 %  Rh
   Sulfur    28.12 %  S
            100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: 1.77(Rh0.6)1.77(Ir0.3)1.77(Pt0.1)S3
Help on Environment: Environment: In platinum alloy nuggets recovered from dredging operations.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1984
Help on Locality: Locality: From the Salmon River, Goodnews Bay, Alaska, USA. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: For the British scientist, Dr. Stanley Hay Umphray Bowie, of the Institure of Geological Sciences, London, England.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Bowieite Say BOWIEITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 15344
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Comments: Epoxy grain mount of polished gray metallic grains or bowieite.
Location: Novoseltsi, Burgas Oblast (Bourgas Oblast), Bulgaria. Scale: See Image.
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Bowieite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =1.4116:1:1.0198
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 8.473, b = 6.002, c = 6.121, Z = 4; V = 311.28 Den(Calc)= 7.30
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (2/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: Pnca
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 0.7768(1), 0.7877(1), 3(1),

Physical Properties of Bowieite

Help on Color: Color: Gray, Pale gray, Pale brownish gray.
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 7 - Quartz
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic

Optical Properties of Bowieite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Weak, dark gray to very dark brown.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: Pale gray to pale gray-brown.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Bowieite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   43.50   44.50 
 420 nm   44.20   45.20 
 440 nm   44.80   45.80 
 460 nm   45.30   46.50 
 480 nm   45.70   46.90 
 500 nm   45.90   47.30 
 520 nm   46.10   47.60 
 540 nm   46.20   47.80 
 560 nm   46.30   48.00 
 580 nm   46.40   48.20 
 600 nm   46.50   48.30 
 620 nm   46.60   48.40 
 640 nm   46.80   48.50 
 660 nm   46.80   48.60 
 680 nm   46.90   48.60 
 700 nm   47.00   48.70 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Bowieite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Bowieite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.42 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Bowieite =7.30 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.03
Boson Index = 0.97
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEBowieite = 641.50 barns/electron
U=PEBowieite x rElectron Density=4,120.12 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Bowieite is Not Radioactive

Bowieite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.11)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=2:3
  (02.11.12)Dana Group Bowieite (Rh,Ir,Pt)1.77S3 Pnca 2/m 2/m 2/m Kashinite (Ir,Rh)2S3 P bcn 2/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.DB.15 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.D - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 3:4 and 2:3
  02.DB -M:S = 2:3 and similar
02.DB.15 Bowieite (Rh,Ir,Pt)1.77S3 Pnca 2/m 2/m 2/m
02.DB.15 Kashinite (Ir,Rh)2S3 P bcn 2/m 2/m 2/m

Other Bowieite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic1) PHYS. PROP.(Bull.Miner.,Vol.107-111,1984-1988) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Bowieite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - EUROmin Project
4 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
5 - GeoScienceWorld
6 - Google Images
7 - Google Scholar
8 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
10 - MinDAT
11 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
12 - Online Mineral Museum
13 - QUT Mineral Atlas
14 - Ruff.Info

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