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γ-Fe2O3 A mineral form of iron oxide that is strongly magnetic and a member of the magnetite series.
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a mineral, a magnetic modification of the ferric oxide γ — Fe2O3. Generally containing admixtures of FeO and TiO2, maghemite is unstable in the natural state and is readily converted into stable hematite. It crystallizes in the tetragonal (pseudoisometric) system characterized by a defective spinel structure of the magnetite type. Maghemite has a hardness of 5-6 on Mohs’ scale and a density of 4,700-4,900 kg/m3. It is opaque and has a dark brown color with a steel-like hue. Maghemite occurs in nature only in the form of microscopically fine depositions in magnetite oxidation products and in titanomagnetite (with hematite, iron hydroxides). It is sometimes found in limonite and laterite as the product formed during the surface weathering of minerals containing iron.

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The ore is comprised of a combination of hematite and maghemite. The deposit has an average combined thickness of 1.5m, with some areas reaching up to 4m.
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Whereas hematite, goethite and maghemite prevail in aerobic pedoenvironments, magnetite, which is a mineral of lithogenic origin, usually occurs at lower concentrations and ferrihydrite is typically present in small amounts.
The so-called MNPs usually consist of nanoparticles with a magnetic core composed of magnetite (Fe[sub]3O[sub]4) or maghemite (Fe[sub]2O[sub]3), containing of a type of product termed superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs).
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