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Garnierite is the generic name for a green Nickel bearing ore formed as a result of lateritic weathering of serpentine or other ultramafic rocks.  It is not an official mineral; however it is commonly referred to in mining. Garnierite dissolves in water.

Named after Jules Garnier, a French geologist, by a man named A. Liversidge in 1874.

See Nickel for more information.

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Color: Green


Garnierite is commonly sourced as fracture fillings of thin small veins or as coatings.  Its formation is the result of a groundwater deposition and subsequent alterations into less Nickel-rich and more clay-like occurrences.  It may also be the product of weathering or of syn-tectonic deposition.