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About MelliniiteHide

8 - 8½
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Honouring Prof. Marcello Mellini, Mineralogist in the Universities of Perugia, Pisa and Siena, for his development of meteorite studies in Italy

Classification of MelliniiteHide

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1 : ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
B : Metallic Carbides, Silicides, Nitrides and Phosphides
D : Phosphides
Dana 7th ed.:

Physical Properties of MelliniiteHide

8 - 8½ on Mohs scale
VHN500=440 - 454 kg/mm2 - Vickers
7.882 g/cm3 (Measured)    7.88 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of MelliniiteHide

No bireflectance

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Chemical Properties of MelliniiteHide


Crystallography of MelliniiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2 3 - Tetartoidal
Space Group:
P21 3
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.025 Å
Unit Cell V:
218.71 ų

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0004124MelliniitePratesi G, Bindi L, Moggi-Cecchi V (2006) Icosahedral coordination of phosphorus in the crystal structure of melliniite, a new phosphide mineral from the Northwest Africa 1054 acapulcoite American Mineralogist 91 451-45420060293
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Type Occurrence of MelliniiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
anhedral to subhedral grains up to 100 µm across
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Museum of Planetary Science, Prato, Italy (No. MSP2366)
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Primitive acapulcoite achondrite with low terrestrial weathering grade and shock stage
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of MelliniiteHide

Other Language Names for MelliniiteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

1.BD.MurashkoiteFePOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
1.BD.NegeviteNiP2Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
1.BD.HalamishiteNi5P4Hex. 6mm : P63mc
1.BD.TransjordaniteNi2PHex. 6 m2 : P62m
1.BD.ZuktamruriteFeP2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
1.BD.NickolayiteFeMoPOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
1.BD.05Schreibersite(Fe,Ni)3PTet. 4 : I4
1.BD.10Barringerite(Fe,Ni)2PHex. 6 m2 : P62m
1.BD.10MonipiteMoNiPHex. 6 m2 : P62m
1.BD.15Allabogdanite(Fe,Ni)2POrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
1.BD.15AndreyivanoviteFeCrPOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma

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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 MelliniiteHide

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Moggi-Cecchi, V., Bindi, L., Pratesi, G. (2005): "A new iron-nickel phosphide from the Northwest Africa 1054 Meteorite", 68th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 5308.
Pratesi, G., Bindi, L., Moggi-Cecchi, V. (2006): "Icosahedral coordination of phosphorus in the crystal structure of melliniite, a new phosphide mineral from the Northwest Africa (NWA) 1054 acapulcoite", American Mineralogist 91, 451-454.

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Localities for MelliniiteHide

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- 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.
  • Bahia
    • Maracás
      • Rio Jacaré layered complex
Campbell, R. A. (2012). Platinum Group Element (PGE) Mineralization Associated with Fe-Ti-V Deposit, Rio Jacaré Intrusion, Bahia State, Brazil. Bachelors honour thesis Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia
  • Central Greece
    • Phthiotis
      • Domokos
Ifandi, E., Zaccarini, F., Tsikouras, B., Grammatikopoulos, T., Garuti, G., Karipi, S., & Hatzipanagiotou, K. (2018). First occurrences of Ni-V-Co phosphides in chromitite from the Agios Stefanos Mine, Othrys Ophiolite, Greece. Ofioliti, 43(2), 131-145.
Northwest Africa Meteorites
V. Moggi-Cecchi et al., 2005
V. Moggi-Cecchi et al., 2005
  • Chelyabinsk Oblast
    • Korkinsky District
Sharygin, V. V., & Sokol, E. V. (2010). Metal-phosphide-sulfide association in paralavas from natural fires and burned waste dumps (Kuznetsk and Chelyabinsk coal basins, Russia). In Proceedings of «ICCFR2–Second International Conference on Coal Fire Research». Berlin, Germany (pp. 410-411).
The Moon
  • Mare Crisium
analythical data Andrei Mokhov and Pavel Kartashov, 2010
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