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What is Iron Ore?

Hematite rich iron ore

Iron Ore or Ore of Iron

An iron ore also known as an ore of iron is a rock or mineral from which iron can be extracted.  The ores are usually rich in iron oxides.

The three largest iron ore mines are in Brazil.

After oil, iron ore is Earth's most important commodity.  It's essential for the production of steel. 

Production has increased dramatically in the last twenty years due to huge demand around the world.  This has led to many high grade iron ore deposits becoming depleted.

The hematite rich iron ore in our photo is courtesy of James St. John. The image is clickable and redirects to the original photo.

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