magnetite

noun
mag·ne·tite | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌtīt \

Definition of magnetite 

: a black isometric mineral of the spinel group that is an oxide of iron and an important iron ore

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There is some magnetite in the limestone, so this alternative mechanism can’t be ruled out. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New evidence would push life back to at least 3.95 billion years ago," 30 Sep. 2017 One of the most likely non-biological ways to make lookalike graphite is a reaction of iron carbonate that produces magnetite and graphite. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New evidence would push life back to at least 3.95 billion years ago," 30 Sep. 2017 Kiruna sits on top of Kirunavaara, the world’s largest underground iron-ore mine and the source of a rare, high-quality magnetite processed into blueberry-size pellets and used in BMWs and iPhones. Josh Dean, Bloomberg.com, "How to Move a Town," 5 Sep. 2017 What’s more, magnetite crystals produced by bacteria have a distinctive string-of-pearls formation that was not found in the meteorite. National Geographic, "NASA’s Bold Plan to Hunt for Fossils on Mars," 17 Oct. 2016 What’s more, magnetite crystals produced by bacteria have a distinctive string-of-pearls formation that was not found in the meteorite. National Geographic, "NASA’s Bold Plan to Hunt for Fossils on Mars," 17 Oct. 2016 Magnetotactic or magnetic bacteria have extremely small crystals of magnetite inside their bodies. Stephen Leahy, WIRED, "Power Up With Magnetic Bacteria," 12 May 2006

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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