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Western Australian Banded Iron

Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia

This sample of banded iron formation, from the Ord Range, Pilbara region, Western Australia, consists of alternating layers of grey haematite, red chert, and yellow silicified asbestos.  It is approximately 3200 million years old.

Significant iron ore mineralisation occurs in the Ord Range, east of Port Hedland. This rock typifies both the antiquity of much of the geology of Western Australia and the importance of mining to the economic well-being of the state.

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  • Title: Western Australian Banded Iron
  • Contributor: Chris Fitzgerald (photographer)
  • Original Source: Sample donated by the Geological Survey of Western Australia.
  • Rights: Geoscience Australia / CC-BY 4.0

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