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TitleHematite ore from the Upper Huronian Biwabik Formation, Minnesota
DescriptionHematite, Fe2O3 (iron oxide), is an important ore of iron and it's red color makes it useful as a pigment. Hematite gets its name from a Greek word meaning blood-like because of the color of its powder. Ancient superstition held that large deposits of hematite formed from battles that were fought and the subsequent blood that flowed into the ground. Visible crystals of hematite are rare; most samples are very fine grained or massive. This specimen, showing several different appearances of hematite, is about 8 cm across.
LocationUSA ▹ Minnesota. Near Hibbing. Scranton Mine.
PhotographerDarla Sondrol. 2001-07-23.
CollectionUniversity of North Dakota Mineralogy Collection #3661.
Key wordshematite, Minnesota
Tech details1.1 MB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera; 60mm AF Nikon micro lens.
GeoDIL number1288