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About CliftoniteHide

A variety of Graphite

Cliftonite is an octahedral graphite pseudomorph after kamacite, or rather the spaces left between kamacite domains. Found in a few iron meteorites. Originally considered as a new allotrope of carbon, later considered to be a pseudomorph of graphite after diamond.

Physical Properties of CliftoniteHide


Chemical Properties of CliftoniteHide

Crystallography of CliftoniteHide

Octahedra, either isolated or aggregated.

Other Language Names for CliftoniteHide


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.

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Localities for CliftoniteHide

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.
  • Chaco Province
    • Doce de Octubre Department
      • Gran Chaco
Alfredo Petrov specimen; Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.; Kurat, G., Zinner, E., Varela, M. E. & Ntaflos, T. (2009) SiGrMet05: A Silicate-Graphite-Metal Inclusion from the Campo del Cielo (IAB) Iron (abstract). Lunar and Planetary Science XL, id.1536. (March 2009)
  • Victoria
    • City of Casey
      • Cranbourne
Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
  • Western Australia
    • Dundas Shire
      • Mundrabilla Roadhouse
Ramdohr, P. (1971): New forms of meteoritic graphite and possible relations to cliftonite. Naturwissenschaften 58(12), 613-615.
    • Quairading Shire
FLETCHER, L. (1899) On the Cliftonite and Taenite of the Meteoric iron found in 1884 in the Sub-district of Youndegin, Western Australia., Mineralogical Magazine 12 (56): 171-174 . (Oct 1899; DeLaeter, J. R. (1973) The Youndegin Meteorite: Meteoritics 8(2): 169-179. (June 1973); Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
  • Guangxi
    • Hechi
      • Nandan County
        • Lihu - Yaochai area
  • Uttar Pradesh
    • Morabad district
Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. vol 2. University of California Press.
  • Mexico
    • Jiquipilco (Xiquipilco)
Handbook of Mineralogy - Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols
  • Žilina Region
    • Námestovo Co.
      • Námestovo
        • Slanica
Brezina A., 18??: Cliftonit aus dem Meteoreisen von Magura, Arvaer Comitat. - Annalen des k. k. naturhistorischen Hofmuseums, 4, 102-106. (in German)
  • Arizona
    • Coconino County
      • Meteor Crater area
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 176; El Goresy, A. (1965), Mineralbestand und structuren der Graphit - Und Sulfideinschlüsse in Eisenmeteoriten. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta: 29: 1131--1151; Brett, R. & G.T. Higgins (1967), Cliftonite in meteorites: A proposed origin. Science: 156: 819-820.; Space Science Reviews, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.758-831
  • New Mexico
    • Curry Co.
Mostefaoui, S., Zinner, E., Hoppe, P., & El Goresy, A. (1997) In situ survey of graphite in unequilibrated chondrites - Morphologies, C, N, and H isotopes: Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXVIII: 989-990.
  • Tennessee
    • Cocke Co.
Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
  • Texas
    • Ector Co.
      • Odessa
El Goresy, A. (1965) Mineralbestand und Strukturen der Graphit- und Sulfideinschlüsse in Eisenmeteoriten Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 29 (10): 1131-1151. (Oct 1965); Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Meteoritics, Vol. 17, p.256
  • Utah
    • San Juan Co.
Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
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