Minerals identify

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Sulfide mineral

Troilite is a rare iron with the simple formula of FeS. It is the iron rich endmember of the pyrrhotite group. Pyrrhotite has the formula Fe(1-x)S (x = 0 to 0.2) which is iron deficient. As troilite lacks the iron deficiency which gives pyrrhotite its characteristic magnetism, troilite is non-magnetic.

Troilite can be found as a native mineral on Earth but is more abundant in meteorites , in particular, those originating from the Moon. It is among the minerals found in samples of the meteorite that struck Russia on February 15th, 2013 Uniform presence of troilite on the Moon and possibly on Mars has been confirmed by the Apollo , Viking space probes. The relative intensities of isotopes of sulfur are rather constant in meteorites as compared to the Earth minerals, and therefore troilite from Canyon Diablo meteorite is chosen as the international sulfur isotope ratio standard.


Color of mineral


Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )


The streak


Luster ( interacts light )


Crystal ( diaphaneity )