Iron Ore

Earth’s most important iron ore deposits are found in sedimentary rocks. In marine and freshwaters, they are formed when iron and oxygen combine chemically. Iron oxides are two of the most important minerals in these deposits: hematite (Fe2O3) and magnetite (Fe3O4). Almost every iron and steel object we use today is made from these ores, from paper clips to automobiles to steel beams in skyscrapers.

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.

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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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