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Quartz with hematite, China; 4" Tall

 

This fine quality piece is from the Huang Gang Mine Complex, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. Huang Gang is an underground iron ore mine that exploits a skarn. Most other iron ore mines are open cut mines since this type of mining is much more economical. Mining companies reliant on iron ore mining have recently been under more economic pressure since the demand for steel in China has fallen. China is the world's largest consumer of steel.

 

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