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Hematite

What Does Hematite Mean?

Hematite refers to a mineral substance that is characterized by a reddish-brown appearance consisting of ferric oxide. Hematite is composed of iron ore and occurs naturally in crystals and red soils.

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Corrosionpedia Explains Hematite

Hematite has the following physical and chemical properties:

  • Color - steel, silver gray, red or brown
  • Luster - dull metallic
  • Transparency - opaque in a crystalline form
  • Crystal system - trigonal
  • Crystal habits - tabular crystals, sometimes twinned, micaceous (specular) and botryoidal
  • Cleavage - absent
  • Fracture - uneven granular presentation
  • Hardness - 5 - 6 on average
  • Specific gravity - 5.3, relative to water
  • Streak - blood red, brownish red
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