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Xifengite

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Formula:
Fe
 
5
Si
 
3
System:HexagonalColour:Grey, Steel-black
Lustre:MetallicHardness:5
Name:Named after "Xifengkou", an eastern passageway of the Great Wall in the Yan Mts (Yan Shan), where the type locality is situated.


The Fe analogue of mavlyanovite.

Classification of Xifengite

IMA status:Approved 1983
Strunz 8th edition ID:1/A.12-40
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:1.BB.40

1 : ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
B : Metallic Carbides, Silicides, Nitrides and Phosphides
B : Silicides
Dana 7th edition ID:1.1.33.4
Dana 8th edition ID:1.1.23.3

1 : NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
1 : Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Hey's CIM Ref.:2.8

2 : Carbides, Nitrides, Silicides and Phosphides
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Type Occurrence of Xifengite

Type Locality:Yanshan meteorite, Yan Mts (Yanshan), Chengde Prefecture, Hebei Province, China
Year of Discovery:1983

Physical Properties of Xifengite

Lustre:Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:Grey, Steel-black
Streak:Black
Hardness (Mohs):5

Crystallography of Xifengite

Crystal System:Hexagonal
Class (H-M):6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) - Dihexagonal Dipyramidal
Space Group:P63/mcm {P63/m 2/c 2/m}
Cell Parameters:a = 6.759(5) Å, c = 4.720(5) Å
Ratio:a:c = 1 : 0.698
Unit Cell Volume:V 186.74 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:2
Comment:By analogy to synthetic, isotypic Mn5Si3.

Chemical Properties of Xifengite

Formula:
Fe
 
5
Si
 
3
Simplified for copy/paste:Fe5Si3
Essential elements:Fe, Si
All elements listed in formula:Fe, Si

Relationship of Xifengite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
1.BB.Zangboite
TiFeSi
 
2
1.BB.05Suessite
(Fe,Ni)
 
3
Si
1.BB.05Mavlyanovite
Mn
 
5
Si
 
3
1.BB.10UM2001-18-Si:CuPtSn
(Cu,Pt)
 
4
Si
1.BB.10Perryite
(Ni,Fe)
 
5
(Si,P)
 
2
1.BB.15Fersilicite
FeSi
1.BB.15Naquite
FeSi
1.BB.20Ferdisilicite
FeSi
 
2
1.BB.20Linzhiite
FeSi
 
2
1.BB.25Luobusaite
Fe
 
0.84
Si
 
2
1.BB.30Gupeiite
Fe
 
3
Si
1.BB.35Hapkeite
Fe
 
2
Si
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
2.1Moissanite
SiC
2.2Sinoite
Si
 
2
N
 
2
O
2.3Osbornite
TiN
2.4Tongbaite
Cr
 
3
C
 
2
2.5Carlsbergite
CrN
2.6Siderazot
Fe
 
5
N
 
2
2.7Gupeiite
Fe
 
3
Si
2.9Khamrabaevite
(Ti,V,Fe)C
2.10Haxonite
(Fe,Ni)
 
23
C
 
6
2.11Cohenite
(Fe,Ni,Co)
 
3
C
2.12Roaldite
(Fe,Ni)
 
4
N
2.13Suessite
(Fe,Ni)
 
3
Si
2.14Schreibersite
(Fe,Ni)
 
3
P
2.15Barringerite
(Fe,Ni)
 
2
P
2.16Perryite
(Ni,Fe)
 
5
(Si,P)
 
2
Related Minerals - Dana Grouping):

- +
1.1.33.1Suessite
(Fe,Ni)
 
3
Si
1.1.33.2Fersilicite
FeSi
1.1.33.3Ferdisilicite
FeSi
 
2
1.1.33.5Gupeiite
Fe
 
3
Si

Other Names for Xifengite

Synonyms:
IMA1983-086
Other Languages:
German:Xifengit
Russian:Цзифенгит
Simplified Chinese:喜峰矿
Spanish:Xifengita

Other Information

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 Xifengite

Reference List:

- +
Yu Zuxiang (1984): Two new minerals gupeiite and xifengite in cosmic dusts from Yanshan. Acta Petrologica Mineralogica et Analytica 3(3), 231-238 (in Chinese with English abstract). - American Mineralogist (1986), 71, 228 (abstract).

Chemical Abstracts 103, 90560.

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  • Localities for Xifengite

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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.
    China
     
    • Hebei Province
      • Chengde Prefecture
        • Yan Mts (Yanshan)
    Yu Zuxiang (1984): Acta Petrologica Mineralogica et Analytica 3(3), 231-238.
    • Zhejiang Province
      • Lishui Prefecture
    Xiongjian Hu (1991): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 1l(3), 285-289.
    Pacific Ocean
     
    • Mid-Pacific Rise
    [AmMin 87:182]
    Russia
     
    • Urals Region
      • Middle Urals
        • Sverdlovskaya Oblast'
          • Isovsky District
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