Buhl, Weimar, Kassel, North Hesse, Hesse, Germany
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.8 x 0.7 cm
I had never seen a native iron from this locality. According to Mindat it is an "Abandoned basalt quarry on a contact to tertiary lignites .and iron is rare in igneous rocks." In fact, native iron is more commonly and easily found in meteorites than on the earth's surface. This is a polished slice of native rock, hosting elemental iron. The consignor passes on the following concerning the native iron from Buhl: I found something unusual concerning the native iron from Buhl reported in A Method for Isolating Native Iron from Basalt without Destroying its Form. MAX SEEBACH (Centv. Min., 1 910, 641-643) which says native iron occurs in the basalt of Buhl, near Weimar, in the form of a fine network. The basalt may be removed without destroying the form of the iron by heating with Plattner