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Ore | What Exactly is It?



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In Geology What is an Ore?

An ore is a type of rock that contains important minerals with natural elements such as metals.  The rock must contain enough of the metal to make extracting it worthwhile.  Metals are usually extracted from ores through a process of heating and reduction also known as smelting however not all metals can be extracted in this way.

Another process used to separate the ore from the rock is electrolysis.  This process separates the two materials by using acid and electricity.  which 

Examples of ores include malachite which is an ore of copper, haematite and goethite are ores of iron, galena is an ore of lead.



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