Native Element Minerals
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Native Element Minerals
Diamond (native carbon)

Native element minerals are those elements that occur in nature in uncombined form with a distinct mineral structure. The elemental class includes metals and intermetallic elements (naturally occurring alloys), semi-metals and non-metals. The Nickel-Strunz classification system also includes the naturally occurring phosphides, silicides, nitrides and carbides and arsenides.


The following elements occur as native element minerals or alloys:[1]

Nickel-Strunz Classification -01- Native elements

This list uses the Classification of Nickel-Strunz (, 10 ed, pending publication).

  • "*" - discredited (IMA/CNMNC status).
  • "?" - questionable/doubtful (IMA/CNMNC status).
  • "REE" - Rare-earth element (Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu)
  • "PGE" - Platinum-group element (Ru, Rh, Pd, Os, Ir, Pt)
  • 03.C Aluminofluorides, 06 Borates, 08 Vanadates (04.H V[5,6] Vanadates), 09 Silicates:
    • Neso: insular (from Greek n?sos, island)
    • Soro: grouping (from Greek s?ros, heap, mound (especially of corn))
    • Cyclo: ring
    • Ino: chain (from Greek [genitive inos], fibre)
    • Phyllo: sheet (from Greek phyllon, leaf)
    • Tecto: three-dimensional framework
Nickel-Strunz code scheme
  • NN: Nickel-Strunz mineral class number
  • X: Nickel-Strunz mineral division letter
  • Y: Nickel-Strunz mineral family letter
  • ##x: Nickel-Strunz mineral/group number, x add-on letter

Class: native elements

See also


  1. ^ "IMA-CNMNC List of Minerals" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-23. Retrieved .

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