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Awaruite Mineral Data

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General Awaruite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ni2Fe to Ni3Fe
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 202.57 gm
   Iron    27.57 %  Fe
   Nickel  72.43 %  Ni
          100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Ni2.5Fe0+
Help on Environment: Environment: In river placers, from serpentinized peridotites; in meteorites.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1885
Help on Locality: Locality: From the Red Hills and the Gorge River draining them, near Awarua Bay, south Westland, New Zealand. At Coolac, New South Wales, and in the Lord Brassey mine, Tasmania, Australia. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: For the locality near Awarua Bay, New Zealand.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Awaruite Say AWARUITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Bobrovskite

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Comments: Massive awaruite.
Location: Heazlewood River, Tasmania, Australia. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Awaruite Crystallography

Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 3.59, Z = 1; V = 46.27 Den(Calc)= 7.27
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Isometric - Hexoctahedral H-M Symbol (4/m 3 2/m) Space Group: P m3m
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.06(1), 1.78(0.3), 1.26(0.2),

Physical Properties of Awaruite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Gray white, Silver white, Tin white.
Help on Density: Density: 8
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Flexible - Flexible fragments.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 5 - Apatite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: light gray

Optical Properties of Awaruite

Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Awaruite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 400 nm   60.40   
 420 nm   61.30 
 440 nm   62.20 
 460 nm   62.30 
 480 nm   63.40 
 500 nm   63.80 
 520 nm   64.00 
 540 nm   64.20 
 560 nm   64.40 
 580 nm   64.80 
 600 nm   65.20 
 620 nm   65.70 
 640 nm   66.20 
 660 nm   66.70 
 680 nm   67.30 
 700 nm   68.00 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Awaruite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Awaruite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.89 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Awaruite =7.27 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.01
Boson Index = 0.99
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEAwaruite = 37.95 barns/electron
U=PEAwaruite x rElectron Density= 261.52 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Awaruite is Not Radioactive

Awaruite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (01)Native Elements
  (01.01)with metallic elements other than the platinum group
  (01.01.11)Iron-Nickel group Iron! Fe I m3m 4/m 3 2/m Kamacite? alpha-(Fe,Ni) F m3m 4/m 3 2/m Taenite gamma-(Fe,Ni) F m3m 4/m 3 2/m Tetrataenite FeNi P 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m Awaruite Ni2FetoNi3Fe P m3m 4/m 3 2/m Nickel Ni F m3m 4/m 3 2/m Wairauite CoFe P m3m 4/m 3 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 01.AE.20 01 - ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
  01.A - Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
  01.AE -Iron-chromium family
01.AE.20 Awaruite Ni2FetoNi3Fe P m3m 4/m 3 2/m

Other Awaruite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic1) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Awaruite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - EUROmin Project
4 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
5 - GeoScienceWorld
6 - Google Images
7 - Google Scholar
8 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
10 - HyperPhysics
11 - MinDAT
12 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
13 - Online Mineral Museum
14 - QUT Mineral Atlas
15 - Ruff.Info

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Ni2Fe to Ni3Fe
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