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Iron ore varies in color from dark grey, bright yellow, or deep purple to rusty red.

Iron Ore

The earth's most important iron ore deposits are found in sedimentary rocks. They are formed from chemical reactions that combined iron and oxygen in marine and fresh waters. The two most important minerals in these deposits are iron oxides: hematite (Fe2O3) and magnetite (Fe3O4). These iron ores have been mined to produce almost every iron and steel object that we use today - from paper clips to automobiles to the steel beams in skyscrapers.

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The primary use of iron ore is in the production of iron. Most of the iron produced is then used to make steel. Steel is used to make automobiles, locomotives, ships, beams used in buildings, furniture, paper clips, and tools, reinforcing rods for concrete, bicycles, and thousands of other items. It is the most-used metal by both tonnage and purpose.

Bulk by vessel

Bulk by continuer

Characteristic

Range %

FE TOTAL

60-63

FEO

18-22

S

0.05

P

0.05

SIO2

3-6

AL2O3

1-2

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