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Iron Ore/Magnetite in dirt? Answered

When I pull a magnet over the dirt it sticks to the magnet then when I blow of the dirt there is black powder.  Is this magnetite, iron, or what is it (it is not from a disinigrated  piece of metal, its all over)??  How would I collect this powder fastly and efficiently??  
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icengBest Answer (author)2013-02-22

Have a look at my instructable about collecting iron
be sure to read the comments.

There are massive industrial waters edge iron collecting and processingn
sites on the web.

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quatch (author)2013-02-22

A black hard shiny sand that sticks to magnets is magnetite. Hematite is magnetic, red, and soft. Yellow ochre is about the same as hematite, but is yellow-brown.

The magnetite can be smelted as such:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_swordsmithing#Steel_production

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomery

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The Skinnerz (author)2013-02-22

Depending on how easily a magnet picks it up, a magnetic sweeper may work (A tube full of magnets with a wheel on each end and a handle).

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iceng (author)The Skinnerz2013-02-22

Then a driven wheel ( possibly stainless steel ) with magnets on the
inside surface are cam driven to move away after 2/3 rotation and
drop the attached Iron withe debris into a bin feeding a belt to
successive group of magnetic separators.

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