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ataxite

ataxite

An organism self-replicating in Thomas Ray's Tierra system.


Ataxite is a rare variety of iron meteorite (designated type D) made almost entirely of taenite, a solid solution of iron and 27% to 65% nickel; the Greek name means "without structure" and refers to the lack of a visible Widmanstätten pattern (spindles of kamacite being visible only microscopically). Strangely enough, the largest meteorite known, the Hoba meteorite, belongs to this rare structural class.

 

Compare with octahedrite and hexahedrite.