Ilmenite crystal sections in Pegmatite Rock Matrix Mineral Specimen
Dimensions (millimeters): 70 x 35 x 35
Dimensions (inches): 2.75 x 1.4 x 1.4
Though Ilmenite is common it is mainly found as sand and rarely found as big crystals. We found these big crystals many years ago while exploring the Petaca Mining District of New Mexico. Ilmenite is a common accessory mineral in igneous rocks, sediments, and sedimentary rocks in many parts of the world. Apollo astronauts found abundant ilmenite in lunar rocks and the lunar regolith. Ilmenite is a black iron-titanium oxide with a chemical composition of FeTiO3.
Ilmenite is the primary ore of titanium, a metal needed to make a variety of high-performance alloys. Most of the ilmenite mined worldwide is used to manufacture titanium dioxide, TiO2, an important pigment. Many "mineral" makeup components are TiO2 as is "mineral" sunscreen.
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