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Name:Taken from the composition

Dana 7 gave this species name to the series of face centred cubic nickel iron alloys with an iron content ranging from 0 to 75%. It encompassed the high nickel terrestrials: Awaruite, Josephinite, Souesite, and Bobrovkite; as well as the low nickel meteorites: Edmonsonite, Taenite, and the mixture Plessite. Contemporary usage breaks the series into low nickel Taenite, high nickel Awaruite, and nearly pure Nickel.

Classification of Nickel-iron

Explanation of status:Late 20th century mineralogy suggests more than one species per series and since the low nickel members were extraterrestial and high nickel members were terrestrial, the split seemed natural and the species name for the series abandoned. Now the series has three valid species: Taenite, Awaruite, and Nickel
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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.

References for Nickel-iron

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Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 834pp.: 117-118.

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  • Localities for Nickel-iron

    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.
    • Adrar Province
    Bischoff, A., Palme, H., Geiger, T. & Spettel, B. (1992) Mineralogy and Chemistry of the EL-Chondritic Melt Rock Ilafegh-009 (Abstract): LPSC XXIII: page 105. (March 1992); McCoy, T. J. et al. (1995) Origin and history of impact-melt rocks of enstatite chondrite parentage: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 59 (1): 161-175. (Feb 1995)
    • Buckley Island quadrangle
      • Lewis Cliff
    Delaney, J. S. & Sutton, S. R. (1988) Lewis Cliff 86010, an ADORable Antarctican: Abstracts of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XIX: p. 265. (March 1988)
    • Eastern Antarctica
      • Transantarctic Mts
        • Pecora Escarpment
          • LaPaz Icefield
    Satterwhite, C. & Righter, K. [eds.] (2004) Petrographic Descriptions. Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 27(1), pp. 8, 16. (Feb 2004); Izawa, M. R. M., King, P. L., Flemming, R. L., Peterson, R. C. & McCausland, P. J. A. (2010) Mineralogical and spectroscopic investigation of enstatite chondrites by X-ray diffraction and infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 115 (E7): 18 pages. (July 2010)
    • Naxçıvan District (Naxcivan; Nakhichevan)
      • Shusha
    http://rruff.geo.arizona.edu/doclib/hom/roedderite.pdf.; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
    • Rio de Janeiro
      • Angra dos Reis
        • Ilha Grande
    Prinz, M., Keil, K., Hlava, P. F., Berkely, J. L., Gomes, C. B. & Curvello, W. S. (1977) Studies of Brazilian meteorites. III - Origin and history of the Angra DOS Reis achondrite: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 35 (2): 317-330. (June 1977)
    • Yukon Territory
      • Whitehorse Mining District
        • Carcross
          • Tagish Lake
    Zolensky, T., Nakamura, K. & Gounelle,M., Mikouchi,T., Tachikawa. O. & Tonui E. (2002). Phyllosilicate-rich Micrometeorites and Their Origins: Implication from Comparison of Mineralogy of Tagish Lake: An ungrouped type 2 carbonaceous Chondrite. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 37(5), 737-761. (May 2002.)
    • Rift Valley Province
    Schulze, H. & Otto, J. (1993) Rumuruti: A New Carlisle Lakes-type Chondrite, Meteoritics 28 (3): 433. (July 1993)
    • Dhofar Province (Al Janubiyah Province)
    Russell, S. S., Zipfel, J., Grossman, J. N., & Grady, M. M. (2002). The meteoritical bulletin, no. 86, 2002 July. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 37(S5), A157-A184.
    • Andalusia
      • Granada
    • Fribourg (Freiburg)
      • Ulmiz
    Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Verlag Wepf & Co. (Basel), p. 500
    • Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden)
      • Schanfig Valley
        • Langwies
    Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Verlag Wepf & Co. (Basel), p. 500
    • Zakarpats'ka Oblast' (Transcarpathian Oblasť; Zakarpattia)
      • Rakhivskiy Raion
        • Kvasy
    Keidel, W. (1965): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 11, 487-506
    • Arizona
      • Coconino Co.
        • Flagstaff
          • Elden Mountain area
    Galbraith, F.W. (1947), Minerals of AZ, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 153: 10.
        • Winslow
    Rob Lavinsky
    • California
      • Del Norte Co.
        • Klamath Mts
    Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 834pp.: 118.
      • Kern Co.
        • San Emigdio Mts
    Merrill, George Perkins (1888), On a new meteorite from the San Emigdio Range, San Bernardino County, California: American Journal of Science, 3rd. series: 35: 490-491
      • San Bernardino Co.
        • Valley Wells
    Reeds, Chester Albert (1937), Catalog of meteorites: American Museum of Natural History Bulletin 73, Art. 6: 633-634; Coulson, A.L. (1940), Catalogue of meteorites: Geological Survey Of India Memoirs 75: 220.; eonard, Frederick Charles (1944), The identity of the Windmill Station with that of the “Valley Wells”, California aerolite fall: Contributions of the Society for Research on Meteorites: 3: 174-175; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 60.
    • Colorado
      • Kit Carson Co.
    Mason, B. H. (1966). The Enstatite Chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 30, 23-30. (Jan 1966).
    • Kansas
      • Sheridan Co.
        • Township of West Saline
    Farrington, Oliver C., Catalogue of the meteorites of North America, to January 1, 1909.
    • Maine
      • Hancock Co.
        • Castine
    • Nebraska
      • Cass Co.
    Olsen, E. J., Huss, G. I. & Jarosewich, E. . (1988) The Eagle, Nebraska enstatite chondrite (EL6). Meteoritics 23(4): 379-380. (Dec 1988)
    • New York
      • Rockland Co.
        • Harriman State Park
          • Grape Swamp Mountain
    Lenik, E.J. (1996) Iron Mine Trails (New York-New Jersey Trail Conference)
    • Oklahoma
      • Caddo Co.
    Conference Paper, 28th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, p. 409.
    • Texas
      • Fort Bend Co.
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