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- n. An isometric-hexoctahedral mineral containing iron and nickel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A native alloy of iron and nickel (FeNi2) occurring in river-gravel with gold, platinum, tinstone, etc., and probably derived from a peridotite: found near Awarua bay, New Zealand.
Moreover, awaruite has been identified in archived drill core from the Pipestone Pond Complex in central Newfoundland and samples from six holes have been submitted for analysis.
Follow-up scanning electron microscope analyses provided a range of 72 to 85% nickel, 15 to 28% iron and minor cobalt in the nickel-iron alloy and confirmed the presence of the mineral awaruite, essentially a form of naturally occurring stainless steel.