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Mineral Sequence in the Cady Mountains

Hematite with quartz aragonite

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Ludlow, Mojave Desert, CA


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Mineral Sequence in the Cady Mountains

Hematite is the principle ore of iron. Huge quantities are mined yearly for industrial production. It is the source for roughly 90 percent of all iron mined in the United States. Hematite was largely used in the past as a red and brown pigment, although nowadays cheaper sources have been substituted. Well formed Hematite crystals are popular among mineral collectors. Highly polished, tumbled Hematite from Brazil makes a very popular, inexpensive specimen for collectors. Hematite also has gem uses. It is cut and polished into cabochons for jewelry and ornaments, fashioned into beads for bracelets and necklaces, and carved into ornamental figures.

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