2.8" Hematite Botryoidal Kidney Ore Rock Mineral Specimen Irhoud Mine, Morocco
Location: Irhoud Mine, Morocco
Weight: 5 Ounces
Dimension: 2.8 Inches Long, 2.2 Inches Wide, 0.7 Inches thick
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Hematite is a very common mineral consisting of iron oxide. Its color ranges from steel gray to almost black (specular hematite) The variety known as rainbow hematite exhibits colors similar to oil patches on water. The drusy form of rainbow hematite is usually backed with a quartz material to increase the stone's durability. While the forms vary, they all have a rust-red streak. Hematite is harder than pure iron, but it is much more brittle. The name hematite is derived from the Greek word haimatites for blood. It is mined in Australia, Brazil (rainbow variety), England, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It is the state mineral of Alabama, the USA where approximately 375 million tons were mined between l840 and 1975. Hematite (iron ore) is a very common mineral on Earth and it also occurs everywhere on the planet Mars where it is responsible for the planet's distinctive red color. It was first identified on Mars by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES), aboard Mars Global Surveyor.