Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine in Australia •

Last update: October 28th, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine in Western Australia.

According to NASA, a lot of the iron ore found at Mount Whaleback is hematite, which has been the primary iron ore mined in Australia since the 1960s. 

Pure hematite, which contains around 70 percent iron, can range in color from silver to reddish brown. Iron that is extracted from the minerals is commonly used for making steel.

Overall, Australia has nearly 30 percent of the global supply of iron ore.

The image was captured on July 16, 2020 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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