- a very common black iron oxide mineral, Fe3O4, that is strongly attracted by magnets: an important iron ore.
Origin of magnetite
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There is some sericite present, also magnetite, resulting from the decomposition of the biotite.
The minerals at contact are quartz, biotite, magnetite and hornblende.
It is also somewhat stained by the decomposition of the magnetite.
Most of the ores obtained in Pennsylvania and New York are magnetite.Commercial Geography
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The usual association with apatite and magnetite crystals is noted.Mount Rainier
- a black magnetic mineral, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and as a separate deposit. It is a source of iron. Composition: iron oxide. Formula: Fe 3 O 4 . Crystal structure: cubic
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- A brown to black mineral that is strongly magnetic. It crystallizes in the cubic system and commonly occurs as small octahedrons. Magnetite occurs in many different types of rock and is an important source of iron. Chemical formula: Fe3O4.
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