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Magnetite Mineral Data

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General Magnetite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Fe++Fe+++2O4
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 231.54 gm
   Iron    72.36 %  Fe   31.03 % FeO / 68.97 % Fe2O3
   Oxygen  27.64 %  O
          ______        ______ 
          100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Fe3+2Fe2+O4
Help on Environment: Environment: Common accessory mineral in igneous and metamorphic rocks. Can be biogenically produced by a wide variety of organisms.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1845
Help on Locality: Locality: Many localities and environments world wide. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Magnes, a Geek shepherd, who discovered the mineral on Mt, Ida, He noted that the nails of his shoe and the iron ferrule of his staff clung to a rock.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Magnetite + Pronunciation Say MAGNETITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 65339
  Lodestone
  Magnetic iron ore
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