Definitions

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  • n. A magnetic form of iron sulfide, Fe2+Fe3+2S4, analogous to magnetite, produced by microorganisms and found in lake sediments; Note: half the iron ions are ferrous and half ferric.

Etymologies

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From Joseph W. Greig, American mineralogist

Examples

  • These mineral crystals were identified as magnetite, pyrrhotite, and greigite.

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  • This evidence includes the oxygen isotope ratio data, the presence of greigite within the carbonates, and the presence of organic molecules—all would be destroyed or degraded if heated to 450°C.

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  • Magnetosomes are composed of single-domain magnetic nanocrystals of magnetite or greigite (35 nm to 120 nm long) embedded in biological membranes.

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  • Thomas-Keprta’s doubts fell away as she positively identified minute grains of the mineral greigite, which, in the size range she discovered, is more often than not produced by bacteria, at least here on Earth.

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