: About 98% of iron ore is used to make steel - one of thegreatest inventions and most useful materials ever created. While theother uses for iron ore and iron are only a very small amount of theconsumption, they provide excellent examples of the ingenuity and themultitude of uses that man can create from our natural resources.Powdered iron: used in metallurgy products, magnets, high-frequencycores, auto parts, catalyst. Radioactive iron (iron 59): in medicine,tracer element in biochemical and metallurgical research. Iron blue: inpaints, printing inks, plastics, cosmetics (eye shadow), artist colors,laundry blue, paper dyeing, fertilizer ingredient, baked enamel finishesfor autos and appliances, industrial finishes. Black iron oxide: aspigment, in polishing compounds, metallurgy, medicine, magnetic inks,in ferrets for electronics industry. Major producers of iron ore includeAustralia, Brazil, China, Russia, and India.
Estimated iron ore production in million tons for 2004
according to U.S. Geological Survey