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Xifengite

Native element mineral

Xifengite (Fe 3) is a rare metallic iron silicide system of xifengite is hexagonal. It has a specific gravity of 6.45 and a Mohs hardness of 5.5. It occurs as steel gray inclusions within other meteorite derived nickel iron mineral phases.

It was first described in 1984 and named for the eastern passageway, Xifengkou, of the Great Wall of China. The type locality is the Yanshan meteorite of the Hebei Province, China. It has also been reported from dredgings along the East Pacific Rise.

The other known natural iron silicide minerals are gupeiite (Fe3Si), hapkeite (Fe2Si), linzhiite (FeSi2), luobusaite (Fe0.84Si2), naquite (FeSi), suessite

Identification

Color of mineral

Grey
Black

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Hexagonal