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The Iron Range

Title: Description of the Smelting Process
Type: Book
Date: 1892
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: This page from the Miner's Guide describes the processes that are used to extract metals from ores.
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Description of the Smelting Process

Activities:

  1. What is the first step in getting the iron out of the iron ore?



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  2. Why might you need to add other materials such as charcoal to the ore in order to get it to become pure metal?



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  3. Where will the metal eventually collect in the furnace?



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  4. Why would you guess this process needs to happen in a furnace?



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