Wairauite—A New Cobalt-Iron Mineral

G. A. Challis1 and J. V. P. Long
Department of Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Cambridge
1Present address: New Zealand Geological Survey, P.O. Box 368, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Summary: A new cobalt-iron mineral of composition close to CoFe has been found associated with awaruite (Ni3Fe) in the Red Hills serpentinites of the Wairau Valley, South Island, New Zealand. The name wairauite, after this locality, is proposed. Electron-probe analysis of the small grains so far discovered has shown that the nickel content is very low (0·5 ± 0·1 wt. %). Wairauite is optically very similar to awaruite but a tendency to form euhedral grains (octahedron and cube) and a slightly lower refiectivity are an aid to identification. No X-ray data are available at present, but it is suggested that the structure may correspond to that of the ordered CsCl type of the synthetic alloy of the same composition.

Mineralogical Magazine; September 1964 v. 33; no. 266; p. 942-948; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1964.033.266.02
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