from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In geology, sand made up in considerable part of particles of iron ore, usually magnetite, or titaniferous oxid of iron, or both intermixed. Such sands are not uncommon along the ocean-shores in regions of volcanic or metamorphic rocks.
  • n. The steel-filings used in fireworks.


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  • “Pyrology, or Fire Chemistry,” 24 it is iserine or magnetic ilmenite, titaniferous iron-sand, containing eighty-eight per cent. of iron

    The Land of Midian

  • To procure the iron-sand, which is disseminated through it, the natives conduct water over the beds of granite sand, and as the lighter particles are washed away, the remainder is removed to troughs, where the separation of the ore is completed.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete

  • Ross, the learned author of "Pyrology, or Fire Chemistry," [EN#24] it is iserine or magnetic ilmenite, titaniferous iron-sand, containing eighty-eight per cent. of iron (oxides and sesquioxides), with eleven per cent. of titanic acid.

    The Land of Midian — Volume 1

  • Peak; the black oxide is found on the eastern shore in the state of iron-sand; and both are smelted with comparative ease by the natives.

    Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • First, it's a black, iron-sand beach, making it quite a bit different from your normal summertime spot - in more ways than one.

    The Lobby from SPG

  • (haciendados) owes its origin to the decomposition of some superficial beds of oxidated iron, mixed with silex and clay, or to a reddish sandstone* (* Sandstone and ferruginous sand; iron-sand?) superposed on limestone.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 3

  • We found, thrown upon the shore, in several parts of this bay, great quantities of iron-sand, which is brought down by every little rivulet of fresh water that finds its way from the country; which is a demonstration that there is ore of that metal not far inland: Yet neither the inhabitants of this place, or any other part of the coast that we have seen, know the use of iron, or set the least value upon it; all of them preferring the most worthless and useless trifle, not only to a nail, but to any tool of that metal.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 13

  • "I found iron-sand rocks, strong clay, silt, iron, etc., and an enormous quantity of water, all _below_ the 2-foot drains.

    Draining for Profit, and Draining for Health

  • [* I saw neither gryphites nor ammonites of Jura limestone nor the nummulites and cerites of coarse limestone.] [* The western part of the island has no deep ravines; and we recognize this alternation in travelling from the Havannah to Batabano, the deepest beds (inclined from 30 to 40° north-east) appear as we advance.] [* Sandstone and ferruginous sand; iron-sand?] [* M. Moreau de Jonnes has well distinguished, in his

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • I have also seen, in the Upper Palatinate, micaceous iron, and black earthy cobalt, far from any kind of vein, disseminated in a granite destitute of mica, as magnetic iron-sand is in volcanic rocks.] [* The Tiger-ravine.]

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America


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