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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
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.
Internet Links for Nickel-iron
Localities for Nickel-iron
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(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.