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A variety of Graphite

Cliftonite is an octahedral graphite pseudomorph after kamacite, or rather the spaces left between kamacite domains. Found in a few iron meteorites. Originally considered as a new allotrope of carbon, later considered to be a pseudomorph of graphite after diamond.

Classification of Cliftonite

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Occurrences of Cliftonite

Geological Setting:In iron meteorites.

Physical Properties of Cliftonite

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Hardness (Mohs):1

Crystallography of Cliftonite

Morphology:Octahedra, either isolated or aggregated.

Chemical Properties of Cliftonite

All elements listed in formula:C

Other Names for Cliftonite

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Health Warning: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 Cliftonite

    The 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. ? 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.
    • Chaco
      • Doce de Octubre Department
        • Gran Chaco
    Alfredo Petrov specimen
    • Western Australia
      • Dundas Shire
        • Mundrabilla Roadhouse
    Ramdohr, P. (1971): New forms of meteoritic graphite and possible relations to cliftonite. Naturwissenschaften 58(12), 613-615.
    • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
      • Hechi Prefecture
        • Nandan Co.
          • Lihu - Yaochai area
    • Mexico
      • Jiquipilco (Xiquipilco)
    Handbook of Mineralogy - Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols
    • Žilina Region
      • Námestovo Co.
        • Námestovo
          • Slanica
    Brezina A., 18??: Cliftonit aus dem Meteoreisen von Magura, Arvaer Comitat. - Annalen des k. k. naturhistorischen Hofmuseums, 4, 102-106. (in German)
    • Arizona
      • Coconino Co.
        • Winslow
          • Meteor Crater and vicinity
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 176; El Goresy, A. (1965), Mineralbestand und structuren der Graphit - Und Sulfideinschlüsse in Eisenmeteoriten. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta: 29: 1131--1151; Brett, R. & G.T. Higgins (1967), Cliftonite in meteorites: A proposed origin. Science: 156: 819-820.; Space Science Reviews, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.758-831
    • Texas
      • Ector Co.
        • Penwell
    Meteoritics, Vol. 17, p.256
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