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20 interesting facts about iron

Iron is one of the most abundant elements on Earth, and it plays a vital role in our lives. Here are 20 interesting facts about iron:

  • Iron is a chemical element with the symbol Fe, which comes from the Latin word ‘ferrum’.
  • It is the fourth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.
  • Iron is an essential nutrient for many living organisms, including humans.
  • The human body contains around 4 grams of iron, mostly in the form of hemoglobin in the blood.
  • Iron is a metal that is malleable, ductile, and magnetic.
  • It has a melting point of 1,535 degrees Celsius and a boiling point of 2,750 degrees Celsius.
  • Iron is used to make steel, which is one of the most widely used materials in the world.
  • The Iron Age is a period in human history that started around 1200 BCE and marked the beginning of the widespread use of iron tools and weapons.
  • Iron is found in many minerals, including hematite, magnetite, and taconite.
  • Iron has been used for thousands of years to make tools, weapons, and jewelry.
  • Iron is also used in construction, transportation, and many other industries.
  • Iron deficiency is a common nutritional disorder that can cause fatigue, weakness, and other health problems.
  • Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to all parts of the body.
  • Iron is also important for the immune system, helping to fight off infections and diseases.
  • Iron can be toxic in large amounts, causing damage to organs such as the liver and heart.
  • Iron is recycled in the body through a process called the iron cycle.
  • Iron is a key component of many enzymes and proteins in the body.
  • Iron is also important for the production of energy in cells.
  • Iron is used in many cultural and religious traditions, including the Iron Ring worn by Canadian engineers and the Iron Cross military decoration.
  • Iron is a versatile and essential element that has played a vital role in human history and continues to be an important part of our lives today.

Find out more fun facts about iron in our previous blog.