octahedrite


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octahedrite

(ok-tă-hee -drÿt) See iron meteorite.

octahedrite

[‚äk·tə′hē‚drīt]
(geology)
The most common iron meteorite, containing 6-18% nickel in the metal phase and having intimate intergrowths lying parallel to the octahedral planes.
(mineralogy)
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The size and shape of the interlocking bands, known as lamellae, can be analysed to classify iron meteorites by their structure as octahedrites, hexahedrites or ataxites.
Analysis of the small meteorite samples we collected indicates that the Wabar impacting body was a Type IIIa medium octahedrite made of up to 94 percent iron, 3.5 to 7 percent nickel, and roughly 0.22 percent cobalt, with traces of iridium.