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Tiger iron comes from the Ord Ranges near Port Hedland in Western Australia's Pilbara region .

Tiger iron is a banded iron formation (BIF) or jaspilite that has alternating layers of black and brown hematite/magnetite, red jasper and chatoyant golden tiger eye.

tiger-iron.jpg (72875 bytes)The best material is that which has been subject to faulting and/or folding. It displays all of those amazing zig zags and swirls that are so desirable.

tiger-iron-scenic.jpg (161295 bytes)  IMGP3034.jpg (192242 bytes)  tiger-iron-pebble.jpg (54888 bytes)The deposit only covers a small area in a harsh, rocky range of low hills that supports almost no vegetation other than the spiky spinifex grass.

 

D10_bulldozer- web.jpg (43190 bytes)  tiger-iron-in-vain.jpg (30338 bytes) As the area is almost all rock, it takes a big machine to get the stuff out. This is a 95 ton bulldozer that I used in 1992 to try a locate another deposit. It was all in vain. I still have to buy my tiger iron from the original source, which is controlled by someone else.

 

 

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