Haxonite

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Haxonite
General
Category Native element minerals
Formula
(repeating unit)
(Fe,Ni)23C6
Strunz classification 01.BA.10
Crystal symmetry Isometric
Identification
Mohs scale hardness 5½ - 6

Haxonite is an iron nickel carbide mineral found in iron meteorites and carbonaceous chondrites. It has a chemical formula of (Fe,Ni)23C6, crystallises in the cubic crystal system and has a Mohs hardness of 5½ - 6.[1][2]

It was first described in 1971, and named after Howard J. Axon (1924–1992), metallurgist at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England. Co-type localities are the Toluca meteorite, Xiquipilco, Mexico and the Canyon Diablo meteorite, Meteor Crater, Coconino County, Arizona, USA.[1]

It occurs associated with kamacite, taenite, schreibersite, cohenite, pentlandite and magnetite.[2]

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