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Godlevskite

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Formula:
(Ni,Fe)9S8
Typical analyses:
(Ni7.68Fe0.39Co0.08)Σ=8.15S8.00
(Ni8.58Fe0.29Co0.02)Σ=8.89S8.00
Ni9.12S8.00.
Originally thought to be Ni7S6.
System:
Orthorhombic
Hardness:
4 - 5
Name:
Honours Mikhail Nikolaevich Godlevskii (1902–1984), Russian economic geologist, Central Institute of Geological Exploration for Base and Precious Metals, Moscow, Russia.
Dimorph of:
Compare also the chemically similar pentlandite and heazlewoodite.

Classification of Godlevskite

Approved
2.BB.15

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
B : Metal Sulfides, M: S > 1: 1 (mainly 2: 1)
B : With Ni
2.7.4.1

2 : SULFIDES
7 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 9:8
3.11.2

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
11 : Sulphides etc. of Ni
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Type Occurrence of Godlevskite

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Fernsman Museum
Year of Discovery:
1969

Occurrences of Godlevskite

Geological Setting:
Hydrothermal veins, peridotites

Physical Properties of Godlevskite

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Hardness (Mohs):
4 - 5
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN40=383 - 415 kg/mm2
Density:
5.273 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Godlevskite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
2 2 2 - Disphenoidal
Space Group:
C2 2 2
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.18Å, b = 11.26Å, c = 9.45Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.815 : 1 : 0.839
Unit Cell Volume:
V 976.82 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Aggregates and grains, fine disseminations
Twinning:
Common and complex, perpendicular to (101), geniculated

Optical Data of Godlevskite

Type:
Anisotropic
Anisotropism:
Strong from bluish to reddish
Colour in reflected light:
Pale yellow
Pleochroism:
Weak
Comments:
Pale cream to pinkish cream

Chemical Properties of Godlevskite

Formula:
(Ni,Fe)9S8

Typical analyses:
(Ni7.68Fe0.39Co0.08)Σ=8.15S8.00
(Ni8.58Fe0.29Co0.02)Σ=8.89S8.00
Ni9.12S8.00.
Originally thought to be Ni7S6.
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Co

Relationship of Godlevskite to other Species

2.BB.HoromaniteFe6Ni3S8
2.BB.SamaniiteCu2Fe5Ni2S8
2.BB.UM2007-27-S:CuFeIrNiRh(Ni,Fe,Cu,Rh,Ir)11S9
2.BB.05HeazlewooditeNi3S2
2.BB.05OregoniteNi2FeAs2
2.BB.05Vozhminite(Ni,Co)4(As,Sb)S2
2.BB.05UM2007-30-S:FeFe3S2
2.BB.10ArsenohauchecorniteNi18Bi3AsS16
2.BB.10BismutohauchecorniteNi9Bi2S8
2.BB.10HauchecorniteNi9BiSbS8
2.BB.10TellurohauchecorniteNi9Bi(Te,Bi)S8
2.BB.10TučekiteNi9Sb2S8
2.BB.15ArgentopentlanditeAg(Fe,Ni)8S8
2.BB.15Cobaltpentlandite(Co,Ni,Fe)9S8
2.BB.15Geffroyite(Cu,Fe,Ag)9(Se,S)8
2.BB.15Kharaelakhite(Cu,Pt,Pb,Fe,Ni)9S8
2.BB.15Manganoshadlunite(Mn,Pb,Cd)(Cu,Fe)8S8
2.BB.15Pentlandite(Fe,Ni)9S8
2.BB.15Shadlunite(Pb,Cd)(Fe,Cu)8S8
2.BB.15SugakiiteCu(Fe,Ni)8S8
2.BB.15UM2002-26-S:FeNi(Ni,Fe)9S8
3.11.1HeazlewooditeNi3S2
3.11.3MilleriteNiS
3.11.4PolydymiteNi2+Ni23+S4
3.11.5VaesiteNiS2
3.11.6ShanditeNi3Pb2S2
3.11.7DonharrisiteNi8Hg3S9
3.11.8ViolariteFe2+Ni23+S4
3.11.9Pentlandite(Fe,Ni)9S8
3.11.10Bravoite(Fe,Ni)S2
3.11.11SiegeniteCoNi2S4
3.11.12FletcheriteCu(Ni,Co)2S4
3.11.13Villamaninite(Cu,Ni,Co,Fe)S2
3.11.14Mäkineniteγ-NiSe
3.11.15Sederholmitebeta-NiSe
3.11.16TrüstedtiteNi3Se4
3.11.17WilkmaniteNi3Se4
3.11.18KulleruditeNiSe2
3.11.19Penroseite(Ni,Co,Cu)Se2
3.11.20TyrrelliteCu(Co3+,Ni3+)2Se4
3.11.21ImgreiteNiTe (?)
3.11.22MeloniteNiTe2
3.11.23KitkaiteNiTeSe
3.11.24Dienerite
3.11.25OrceliteNi5-xAs2, x ~ 0.25
3.11.26MaucheriteNi11As8
3.11.27NickelineNiAs
3.11.28RammelsbergiteNiAs2
3.11.29PararammelsbergiteNiAs2
3.11.30NickelskutteruditeNiAs3-x
3.11.31OregoniteNi2FeAs2
3.11.32Westerveldite(Fe,Ni,Co)As
3.11.33Langisite(Co,Ni)As
3.11.34GersdorffiteNiAsS
3.11.35JolliffeiteNiAsSe
3.11.36BreithauptiteNiSb
3.11.38UllmanniteNiSbS
3.11.39Willyamite(Co,Ni)SbS

Other Names for Godlevskite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Godlevskit
Simplified Chinese:斜方硫镍矿
Spanish:Godlevskita

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Godlevskite

Reference List:
Kulagov, E.A., T.L. Evstigneeva, and O.E. Yushko-Zakharova (1969) The
new nickel sulfide godlevskite. Geol. Rudn. Mestorozhd. 11, 115–121 (in Russian). [abstract in American Mineralogist (1970): 55: 317-318.]

Fleet, M.E. (1972) The crystal structure of alpha-Ni7S6. Acta Crystallographica: B30: 122-126.

Geologiya Rudnykh Mestorozhdeniy: 11: 115-121.

Fleet, M.E. (1987a) Structure of godlevskite, Ni9S8. Acta Crystallographica: C43: 2255-2257.

Fleet, M.E. (1988) Stoichiometry, structure and twinning of godlevskite and synthetic low-temperature Ni-excess nickel sulfide. Canadian Mineralogist: 26: 283-291.

Makovicky, E. and S. Merlino (2009): OD (order-disorder) character of the crystal structure of godlevskite Ni9S8. European J. Mineralogy 21, 863-869.

Kitakaze, A., Sugaki, A., Itoh, H. and Komatsu, R. (2011): A revision of phase relations in the system Fe–Ni–S from 650° to 450°C. Can. Mineral. 49, 1687-1710.

Internet Links for Godlevskite

Localities for Godlevskite

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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.
Argentina
 
  • La Rioja
    • Vinchina department
      • Jagüé
Brodtkorb, Milka K. de (2002) Las Especies Minerales de la República Argentina. Tomo I. (Asociación Mineralógica Argentina)
Australia
 
  • Western Australia
    • Leonora Shire
      • Ten Mile Outcamp
Economic Geology; October 1981; v. 76; no. 6; p. 1686-1697
      • Yakabindie Station
Citectic Precipitation of Olivine and Sulfide Liquid from Komatiite Magma and the Origin of Komatiite Hosted Disseminated Nickel Sulfide Mineralization at Mt Keith and Yakabindie, Western Australia; S.J. Barnes; Economic Geology, Vol 102, pp299-304
    • Wiluna Shire
      • Lake Way Station
Grguric, B.A., Seat, Z., Karpuzov, A.A., Simonov, O.N. (2013) The West Jordan deposit, a newly-discovered Type 2 dunite-hosted nickel sulphide system in the northern Agnew-Wiluna Belt, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews, Vol. 51, pg. 79-92
      • Mount Keith
Grguric, B.A. (2003) Minerals of the MKD5 nickel deposit, Mount Keith, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 9, No. 2 , pg. 55-71.
Bulgaria
 
  • Kardzhali Oblast (Kurdzhali; Kărdžali; Kurdjali)
    • Kirkovo Obshtina
Kerestedjian, T. et al. (2007): Godlevskite Ni9S8 from Dobromirtsi, Central Rhodopes, Bulgaria: First report for the country and genetic implications. Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology 45, 19-28. (in Bulgarian with English abs.)
Canada
 
  • Ontario
    • Cochrane District
      • Timmins area
        • Bartlett Township and Geikie Township
Naldrett A J, Gasparrini E, Buchan R, Muir J E (1972) Godlevskite (ß–Ni7S6) from the Texmont mine, Ontario, The Canadian Mineralogist 11, 879-885
        • Dundonald Township
J. E. Muir and C. D. A. Comba (1979) The Dundonald deposit; an example of volcanic-type nickel-sulfide mineralization. Can Mineral 17:351-359
  • Québec
    • Estrie
      • Le Val-Saint-François RCM
        • St-Denis-de-Brompton
Handbook of Mineralogy; Tarassoff, P. (1994). "Famous mineral localities: The Orford nickel mine, Québec, Canada." Mineralogical Record, 25(5),pp:327-345.
China
 
  • Shaanxi Province
    • Hanzhong Prefecture
      • Mian Co.
Xueming Wang, Mengxiong Chen, Mei Li, and Furang Li (2002): Geology and Prospecting 38(6), 34-38
Greenland
 
  • Sermersooq
    • Nuuk (Godthåb)
Petersen, O. V. & Secher, K. (1993): The Minerals of Greenland. Mineralogical Record 24 (2): 1-67
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Chugoku Region
      • Yamaguchi Prefecture
        • Kudamatsu City
Fukuoka & Hirowatari (1980) Science Reports of the Faculty of Science, Kyushu University (Geology), 13, 239-249.
    • Tohoku Region
      • Iwate Prefecture
        • Kamaishi City
Yoshihide Shiga (1983) Fe-Ni(-Co)-S- minerals in the Hayachine ultramafic rocks of the Kamaishi mining district, Northeastern Japan. Mining Geology 33:23-38
Morocco
 
  • Souss-Massa-Draâ Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Tazenakht
S. Weiß: Lapis 31(7/8), 72-73 (2006)
Poland
 
  • Lower Silesia (Dolnośląskie)
    • Ząbkowice District
      • Ząbkowice (Frankenstein)
Delura K. 2005: Magnetite-nickel sulphides-awaruite association in serpentinites from Braszowice-Brzeźnica massif (Sudetic ophiolite, SW Poland). Mineralogical Society of Poland - Special Papers, vol. 26, 147-150
Russia (TL)
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug
      • Taimyr Peninsula
        • Putoran Plateau
          • Noril'sk
            • Noril'sk Cu-Ni deposit
              • Noril'sk-1 Cu-Ni deposit
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
            • Talnakh Cu-Ni Deposit
Geol.Rudn.Mest.(GRM)(1969) 11, n.3, 115-121; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
    • Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye)
      • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
        • Dovyren Highlands
Konnikov, E.G., Meurer, W.P., Neruchev, S.S., Prasolov, E.M., Kislov, E.V., and Orsoev, D.A. (2000): Mineralium Deposita 35, 526-532.
South Africa
 
  • Mpumalanga Province
    • Ehlanzeni District
      • Barberton
        • Kaapsche Hoop (Kaapsehoop)
Minerals of South Africa
Turkey
 
  • Central Anatolia Region
    • Eskişehir Province
      • Eskişehir ophiolite
Uysal, I.; Zaccarini, F.; Sadiklar, M. B.; Tarkian, M.; Thalhammer, O. A. R.; Garuti, G. (2009): The podiform chromitites in the Dağküplü and Kavak mines, Eskişehir ophiolite (NW-Turkey): genetic implications of mineralogic and geochemical data. Geologica Acta 7, 351-362. [http://redalyc.uaemex.mx/pdf/505/50513114004.pdf]
Uysal, I.; Zaccarini, F.; Sadiklar, M. B.; Tarkian, M.; Thalhammer, O. A. R.; Garuti, G. (2009): The podiform chromitites in the Dağküplü and Kavak mines, Eskişehir ophiolite (NW-Turkey): genetic implications of mineralogic and geochemical data. Geologica Acta 7, 351-362. [http://redalyc.uaemex.mx/pdf/505/50513114004.pdf]
USA
 
  • Nevada
    • Clark Co.
Handbook of Mineralogy
      • Virgin Mts
        • Bunkerville District
          • Whitney Pocket Basin
Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Chester Co.
      • State Line Chromite District
Smith and Barnes (2011) Pennsylvania Geology v. 41, no. 3-4
    • Lancaster Co.
      • State Line Chromite District
Smith and Barnes (2011) Pennsylvania Geology Fall/Winter 2011; Smith and Barnes (2011) Pennsylvania Geology v. 41, no. 3/4.
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