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Nickeline

Named after the German word kupfernickel, literally “copper nickel,” but used to refer to “Devil’s copper” in allusion to its coppery appearance yet yielding no copper. Nickeline can be found in nickel-copper ores from high-temperature hydrothermal veins as well as massive and disseminated in peridotite and norite. Somewhat common, Nickeline can be found in localities in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, the United States, Canada, Bolivia, Morocco, Iran, and Vietnam among many others.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/nickeline.pdf

Nickelskutterudite

Named for being the nickel member of the skutterudite series which in turn gets its name from the type locality at Skutterud in Norway. Nickelskutterudite is an uncommon mineral found in localities including in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, and Russia among others. It occurs in medium-temperature hydrothermal veins.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/nickelskutterudite.pdf

Nikischerite

Named for Anthony J. Nikischer, the American mineralogist and mineral dealer who was the first to analyze the mineral. Appears as green, dull to greasy micaceous tablets, and in aggregates. Found only at the type locality at the Huanuni mine in the Oruro Department of Bolivia in association of pyrite and siderite.

Ref. Minerals and their Localities, Bernard, J.H. and Hyršl, J. (2004)

IMA/CNMNC List of Mineral Names (2009) and Mineralogical Record 34 (2003), 155

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