One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dark sand rich in iron ore, found on some western beaches on New Zealand's North and South Islands.‘they applied to search for ironsand along the coast’
- ‘The company's mines supply ironsand to the Glenbrook mill, as well as to customers in North Asia.’
- ‘The place is going ahead and prospering, on the back of a commodity - ironsand - and is doing so in a way that protects the environment.’
- ‘Nationwide, they have been other, more successful attempts, to harness the hidden treasures found in ironsand.’
- ‘The company uses locally sourced ironsand to produce around 650,000 tons of steel a year.’
- ‘In the 1970s there was renewed demand from Japan for supplies of the mineral titanomagnetite, found in ironsand.’
- ‘In 1914, a young mining engineer experimented with an idea to process coal and ironsand to produce iron.’
- ‘Closer examination of the fine grains showed him that it was magnetic ironsand.’
- ‘Two similar ironsand mining operations were developed on the west coast of the North Island.’
- ‘Apparently discussions are under way about an occupation in opposition to the ironsand mining scheme.’
- ‘The Taharoa operation continues to produce titanomagnetite concentrate for export, with about half of New Zealand's total ironsand concentrate output currently being exported.’
Late 18th century: from iron + sand.
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