kamacite


Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to kamacite: troilite, Octahedrites, Taenite

kamacite

(ˈkæməˌsaɪt)
n
(Elements & Compounds) an alloy of iron and nickel, occurring in meteorites
[C19: from (obsolete) German Kamacit, from Greek kamax shaft, pole + -ite1]
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Kamacite and taenite are cubic minerals in which the regular internal stacking of iron and nickel atoms follows the direction of the cube with planes of atoms intersecting at right angles.
Instruments on the rover, including its Mossbauer spectrometer, show the rocks are stony, but also contain iron-bearing minerals present in meteorites found on Earth, such as kamacite and troilite.
Occurrence: Associated minerals are: niningerite, enstatite, kamacite and troilite.
Iron meteorites will show a distinct Widmanstatten pattern, the interplay of the nickel-iron alloys kamacite and taenite, when a freshly polished interior surface is etched with dilute acid.