Banded iron formation in host rock

Banded iron formation in host rock

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Caption: Banded iron formation in host rock. This is a sulphide facies banded iron formation. Banded iron formations (BIFs) contain alternating layers of a silica mineral and an iron-rich mineral. In sulphide facies BIFs the iron-rich mineral is pyrite and/or pyrrhotite. Photographed at the site of a former copper mine, Macalder, Kenya.

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Keywords: africa, african, ancient, banded iron formation, bif, copper mine, deposit, deposits, geological, geology, kenya, macalder, migori greenstone belt, mineral, minerals, natural resources, nyanza, old, pick, rock, sample, sedimentary, sulphide facies

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