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Science

Crockham Hill CE Primary School

Last updated: 08 July, 2005

Where does metal come from?

Most metals are found in the ground as ore.

All of the rocks in the picture here contain the ore for a different kind of metal. 

Metal ores are dug out of the ground by mining. Big machines are used to scoop up to ore. 
The rocks containing the ore are ground up small, and then places in a furnace at a very high temperature.
Inside the furnace the ore turns to pure metal, and is poured out into bars called ingots.
Once the metal is pure, you can use it to make things.

The metal must be heated enough to make it bendy.  These machines are making steel bars.

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 Last updated 08/07/2005