Discovery of Iron
Picture of Iron
Uses of Iron
Iron in Nature
Iron is found in nature but it is impossible to find the element in its completely natural sate because it is always being compounded with other elements, most commonly on earth with oxygen. To harvest iron, it is necessary to mine into the earth to find ores such as magnetite and hematite which partially contain the element. To purify these ores, they are melted, ridding them of their other element, oxygen, and carbon is then added to the heated substance and results in pure iron.
Video on Iron
More about Iron!
- It is the most abundant metal on earth and the 4th most abundant element over all
- Iron is so commonly used because it is the cheapest metal on earth
-Iron can be found in the stars and the sun
-It is found in the human body's blood hemoglobin which transports oxygen from the lungs
Iron is used everywhere in our lives!
Iron makes up a large majority of the fences and railings we see everyday!
An iron compound is used to make the cars we drive daily!
Many common household tools such as pans and knives contain steel, an iron alloy!
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