Specimen of limonite rock

Specimen of limonite rock

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Caption: Limonite. Specimen of rust-coloured "limonite" rock. "Limonite" is a field term describing rock made up of a mixture of amorphous mineral-like substances, a name often applied generally to any iron hydroxide which cannot be defined without elaborate tests. It is a secondary mineral found in surface oxidation zones of iron deposits, or a residual mineral left after the break down of carbonate and silicate rocks (laterite) under tropical or subtropical conditions. Limonite is not much used in modern iron and steel works as it often contains impurities of phosphorus.

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Keywords: earth science, geology, iron hydroxide, limonite

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