Bauxite, aluminium ore

Bauxite, aluminium ore

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Caption: Bauxite, aluminium ore. Macrophotograph of bauxite, the mineral that is the principal ore of aluminium. It is not a true mineral, instead consisting of a mixture of various aluminium oxides. It is mined primarily in Australia, Russia, Brazil and some areas around the Caribbean Sea. This sample, from New Queensland, Australia, is displaying a pisolitic appearance. A pisolite is a sphere on the surface of a mineral with a diameter greater than 2 millimetres.

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Keywords: aluminium, australia, australian, bauxite, bytroidal, close-up, earth science, geological, geology, globular, horizontal, macrophotograph, mineral, new queensland, ore, pisolite, pisolitic, rock, sphere, spheres, stone

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