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Typical analyses:
Originally thought to be Ni7S6.
4 - 5
Specific Gravity:
5.273 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Mikhail Nikolaevich Godlevskii (Михаила Николаевича Годлевского) (14 October 1902, Warsaw, Russian Empire (now Poland) – 4 June 1984, Moscow, USSR), economic geologist, Central Institute of Geological Exploration for Base and Precious Metals, Moscow, Russia.
Dimorph of:
Stoichimetrically similar to millerite.
Compare also the chemically related pentlandite and heazlewoodite.

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Classification of GodlevskiteHide


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

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

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

Physical Properties of GodlevskiteHide

4 - 5 on Mohs scale
VHN40=383 - 415 kg/mm2 - Vickers
5.273 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of GodlevskiteHide

Strong from bluish to reddish
Colour in reflected light:
Pale yellow
Pale cream to pinkish cream

Chemical Properties of GodlevskiteHide


Typical analyses:
Originally thought to be Ni7S6.
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of GodlevskiteHide

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

Type Occurrence of GodlevskiteHide

Synonyms of GodlevskiteHide

Other Language Names for GodlevskiteHide

Simplified Chinese:斜方硫镍矿

Common AssociatesHide


Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.BB.HoromaniteFe6Ni3S8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
2.BB.SamaniiteCu2Fe5Ni2S8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mnm
2.BB.05HeazlewooditeNi3S2Trig. 3 2 : R3 2
2.BB.10BismutohauchecorniteNi9Bi2S8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
2.BB.10HauchecorniteNi9BiSbS8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
2.BB.15ArgentopentlanditeAg(Fe,Ni)8S8Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
2.BB.15Cobaltpentlandite(Co,Ni,Fe)9S8Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
2.BB.15Geffroyite(Cu,Fe,Ag)9(Se,S)8Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
2.BB.15Kharaelakhite(Cu,Pt,Pb,Fe,Ni)9S8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmm
2.BB.15Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
2.BB.15SugakiiteCu(Fe,Ni)8S8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mnm

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

3.11.1HeazlewooditeNi3S2Trig. 3 2 : R3 2
3.11.3MilleriteNiSTrig. 3m : R3m
3.11.5VaesiteNiS2Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
3.11.7DonharrisiteNi3HgS3Mon. 2/m : B2/m
3.11.9Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.11.10Bravoite(Fe,Ni)S2Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
3.11.11SiegeniteCoNi2S4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
3.11.12FletcheriteCu(Ni,Co)2S4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
3.11.15Sederholmitebeta-NiSeHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
3.11.18KulleruditeNiSe2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
3.11.19Penroseite(Ni,Co,Cu)Se2Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
3.11.20TyrrelliteCu(Co3+,Ni3+)2Se4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
3.11.21ImgreiteNiTe (?)Hex.
3.11.25OrceliteNi5-xAs2, x ~ 0.25Hex. 6mm : P63mc
3.11.26MaucheriteNi11As8Tet. 4 2 2 : P41 21 2
3.11.27NickelineNiAsHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mcm
3.11.28RammelsbergiteNiAs2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
3.11.30Nickelskutterudite(Ni,Co,Fe)As3Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Im3
3.11.33Langisite(Co,Ni)AsHex. 6 : P63
3.11.34GersdorffiteNiAsSIso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
3.11.35JolliffeiteNiAsSeIso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
3.11.36BreithauptiteNiSbHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
3.11.38UllmanniteNiSbSIso. 2 3 : P21 3

Other InformationHide

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 GodlevskiteHide

Reference List:
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Kulagov, E.A., Evstigneeva, T.L., Yushko-Zakharova, O.E. (1969) The new nickel sulfide godlevskite. Geologiya Rudnykh Mestorozhdeniy: 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.
Fleet, M.E. (1987) 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., Merlino, S. (2009) OD (order-disorder) character of the crystal structure of godlevskite Ni9S8. European Journal of Mineralogy: 21: 863-869.
Kitakaze, A., Sugaki, A., Itoh, H., Komatsu, R. (2011) A revision of phase relations in the system Fe–Ni–S from 650° to 450°C. Canadian Mineralogist: 49: 1687-1710.

Internet Links for GodlevskiteHide

Localities for GodlevskiteHide

This 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.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • La Rioja
    • Vinchina department
      • Jagüé
Brodtkorb, Milka K. de (2002) Las Especies Minerales de la República Argentina. Tomo I. (Asociación Mineralógica Argentina)
  • Western Australia
    • Leonora Shire
      • Ten Mile Outcamp
Economic Geology; October 1981; v. 76; no. 6; p. 1686-1697
      • Yakabindie Station (Kathleen Valley)
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 pp.55-71.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Shaanxi Province
    • Hanzhong Prefecture
      • Mian Co.
Xueming Wang, Mengxiong Chen, Mei Li, and Furang Li (2002): Geology and Prospecting 38(6), 34-38
  • Red Sea Governorate
    • Eastern Desert
      • Wadi Hodein
Zoheir, B. (2011). Transpressional zones in ophiolitic mélange terranes: potential exploration targets for gold in the South Eastern Desert, Egypt. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 111(1), 23-38.
  • Sermersooq
    • Nuuk (Godthåb)
Petersen, O. V. & Secher, K. (1993): The Minerals of Greenland. Mineralogical Record 24 (2): 1-67
  • South Khorasan Province
    • Birjand
Abedi, A. (1999): Ore minerals in serpentinized rocks of the ophiolite complex in southeastern Birjand (Iran). Geologiya Rudnykh Mestorozhdenii 41(5), 455-461 (in Russian).
  • 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
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Tazenakht
S. Weiß: Lapis 31(7/8), 72-73 (2006)
  • 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
Czamanske. et al (1992). A Proton Microprobe Study of Magmatic Sulfide Ores from the Norilsk-Talnakh District, Siberia (Vol 30, Pg 249, 1992). Canadian Mineralogist, 30, 1189-1189.
    • 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.
  • Urals Region
    • Middle Urals
      • Sverdlovskaya Oblast'
        • Asbest
Antonov A.A. [Антонов А.А.] (2003): Mineralogy of rodingites of the Bazhenovsk ultrabasic massif [Минералогия родингитов Баженовского гипербазитого массива]. Nauka, Sankt-Peterburg, 129 pp. (in Russian).
South Africa
  • Limpopo Province
    • Bushveld Complex
      • Waterberg District
        • Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
Armitage, P. E. B., McDonald, I., Edwards, S. J., & Manby, G. M. (2002). Platinum-group element mineralization in the Platreef and calc-silicate footwall at Sandsloot, Potgietersrus District, South Africa. Applied Earth Science: Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy: Section B, 111(1), 36-45.
  • Mpumalanga Province
    • Ehlanzeni District
      • Barberton
        • Kaapsche Hoop (Kaapsehoop)
Minerals of South Africa
  • 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. []
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. []
  • Scotland
    • Shetland Islands
Inst. Geol. Sci. Ann. Rept. for 1974, 92 (1975).; Livingstone, A. and Macpherson, H.G. (1983) Fifth supplementary list of British minerals (Scottish). Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 47, n° 342, p. 99-105.
  • Minnesota
    • St. Louis Co.
      • Ely-Hoyt Lakes Area
Good, D., Borysenko, J., McBride, J., Walford, P., Smyk, M., Hollings, P., ... & Corkery, J. (2010) Cu-Ni-PGE Deposits in Mafic Intrusions of the Lake Superior Region June 24-30, 2010. 11th International Platinum Symposium
  • 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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