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Re: What does Iron look like in its natural state?

Date: Fri Sep 25 13:58:29 2009
Posted By: Luis Sojo, Faculty, Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1253578294.Ch

Hi Kisa,

The reason you see different pictures of iron is that it comes in various 
ores or mineral states.  Pyrite, for example, is grey while iron oxides 
can have rusty colour.  Also depending on the location from where the ore 
was found, the mineral may have different colours as well since the other 
compounds present can impart a different colour, etc to ore.

So, what you may be seeing in the internet and books is the many looks of 
natural iron.

Hope this answers your question.

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