Carborundum; XTS.2227



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Carborundum; silicon carbide.

Carborundum, also known as silicon carbide, is an artificial compound made in electric furnaces, approaching diamond in hardness. This particular sample comes from Niagara Falls in North America, the site of early hydro-electric power generation and electric furnaces. Carborundum occurs in nature as the extremely rare mineral moissanite. Moissanite can be found in meteorites and in terrestrial samples.

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W: 4cm
L: 8cm

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Collection of Thames School of Mines, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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