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In the iron ore occurrences of the Iron Range a lot of different jasper-varieties do occur. One is this very aesthetic and unusual formed: a brecciated jasper in a hematite-matrix. The brick-red portions consist of a fine-grained mixture of ferric oxides, while the metallically reflecting hematite in connected  layers appears. This hematite gets a lustrous polish and is giving  a beautiful contrast to the red inclusions.