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Chemistry Grade 10-12

Chemistry Grade 10-12

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Iron is one of the most abundant metals on Earth. Its concentration is highest in the core, and

lower in the crust. It is extracted from iron ore and is almost never found in its elemental form.
Iron ores are usually rich in iron oxide minerals and may vary in colour from dark grey to rusty

red. Iron is usually found in minerals such as magnetite (Fe3O4) and hematite (Fe2O3). Iron
ore also contains other elements, which have to be removed in various ways. These include silica

(Si), phosphorus (P), aluminium (Al) and sulfur (S).

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