Mineral Information and Data:

Nickel
Ni [CNMNC approved formula]

Named from the German nickel, demon, from a contraction of kupfernickel, or Devil’s copper, as the mineral was believed to contain copper but yielded none.

IMA status : Approved Species 1967 (IMA1966-039)
CLASSIFICATION 
Dana
(8th edition) :
01.01.11.05  
  (01) Native Elements
  (01.01) with metallic elements other than the platinum group
  (01.01.11) Iron-Nickel group
  
Nickel-Strunz
(10th edition) :
01.AA.05
  (01) Elements
  (01.A) Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
  (01.AA) Copper-cupalite family
  
Crystal system: Cubic System
Point group (H-M): m3m (or 4/m 3 2/m) — hexoctahedral
Unit cell: a = 3.5238 Ǻ
Crystal Habit: Crystals cubic, often intergrown, to 0.1 mm
Twinning: On {111}
  
Color: Bright silver; white in reflected light
Diaphaneity: Opaque
Luster: Metallic
Hardness (Mohs): 3.5
Measured Density: 8.91 g/cm3
Tenacity: Malleable
  
Geologic Setting: In serpentinized ultramafic rocks as a result of low-temperature hydrothermal activity.
Mineral Association: Heazlewoodite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, pentlandite, godlevskite, orcelite, millerite,
nickel, copper, chalcopyrite, chalcocite, galena
  

 

Nickel
Very small cubic crystal of native nickel, isotated from an ore concentrate
Origin: Nouméa, New Caledonia
Picture size: 0.1 mm
Photo and Owner: Thomas Witzke

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