Carborundum; XTS.2227

Name/Title

Carborundum

About this object

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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Measurements

W: 4cm
L: 8cm

Credit Line

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

Object Type

Carborundum

Object number

XTS.2227

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