Iron (native-terrestrial)

Khungtukan Massif
Size: 7.6x4.4x0.7 cm
Largest crystal size: n/a mm
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Native iron is not a common mineral! Excellent specimens are found at the Khungtukan Massif, in Russia. Apparently, an molten, iron-rich rock intruded through other rocks, encountered carbon, probably in the form of coal and after a reduction reaction, native iron formed and crystallized as globs in the rock. Here is a sawn and polished slice from a sample from that deposit. Excellent!

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