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#16352 - Limonite Iron nodules from Alabama used by CSA
This is a small matrix stone of Limonite Nodules. The nodules are an iron oxide "bubble" (not a geode) that is formed in a low grade iron ore through water percolation through the ground concentration the iron values into the ore. This happened some 90,000,000 years ago. This iron ore was the basis for the first iron foundry made in Alabama at Cedar Creek in the late 1700s. It was also later the basis for the first US steel mills in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1800s. The steel mills made steel used by the Confederacy during the Civil war to manufacture cannons and rifles and other war goods. Today there is not much of this iron ore left.
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