Definitions for garnieriteˈgɑr ni əˌraɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gar•ni•er•iteˈgɑr ni əˌraɪt(n.)

  1. an earthy green mineral, hydrous nickel magnesium silicate: an important ore of nickel.

    Category: Mineralogy

Origin of garnierite:

1875; after Jules Garnier (d. 1904), French geologist; see -ite1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. garnierite(noun)

    a green mineral consisting of hydrated nickel magnesium silicate; a source of nickel


  1. garnierite(Noun)

    A green nickel ore found in fissures of weathered ultramafic rocks.

  2. Origin: Jules Garnier, its discoverer, and -ite.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Garnierite(noun)

    an amorphous mineral of apple-green color; a hydrous silicate of nickel and magnesia. It is an important ore of nickel


  1. Garnierite

    Garnierite is a general name for a green nickel ore which is found in pockets and veins within weathered and serpentinized ultramafic rocks. It forms by lateritic weathering of ultramafic rocks and occurs in many nickel laterite deposits in the world. It is an important nickel ore, having a large weight percent NiO. As garnierite is not a valid mineral name according to the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification, no definite composition or formula has been universally adopted. Some of the proposed compositions are all hydrous Ni-Mg silicates, a general name for the Ni-Mg hydrosilicates which usually occur as an intimate mixture and commonly includes two or more of the following minerals: serpentine, talc, sepiolite, smectite, or chlorite, and Ni-Mg silicates, with or without alumina, that have x-ray diffraction patterns typical of serpentine, talc, sepiolite, chlorite, vermiculite or some mixture of them all.


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