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A lustrous black to brownish titanium ore, essentially FeTiO3.

[After the Ilmen Mountains, a range of the southern Ural Mountains.]


(Minerals) a black mineral found in igneous rocks as layered deposits and in veins. It is the chief source of titanium. Composition: iron titanium oxide. Formula: FeTiO3. Crystal structure: hexagonal (rhombohedral)
[C19: from Ilmen, mountain range in the southern Urals, Russia, + -ite1]


(ˈɪl məˌnaɪt)

a common black mineral, iron titanate, FeTiO3, an ore of titanium.
[1820–30; after the Ilmen Mountains in the S Urals, where first identified; see -ite1]
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Noun1.ilmenite - a weakly magnetic black mineral found in metamorphic and plutonic rocks; an iron titanium oxide in crystalline form; a source of titanium
atomic number 22, Ti, titanium - a light strong grey lustrous corrosion-resistant metallic element used in strong lightweight alloys (as for airplane parts); the main sources are rutile and ilmenite
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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3+])-(F, OH)-bearing titanites in assemblages with ilmenites and magnetites are described from a polymetamorhic metabasite environment of the Chynov area.
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After drilling through loose sand and a thick section of silcrete (Kalahari formation), numerous coarse kimberlitic ilmenites and pyrope garnets of up to 5 mm in size were visually identified in weathered kimberlite from 34 meters depth.
Kimberlitic chromites and ilmenites, whose mineral chemistry falls within the diamond stability field, were also recovered in this sampling.
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Kimberlitic ilmenites and garnets were also recovered in the Guma area as a result of a 5 x 5 kilometer regional grid sampling campaign and previous direct sampling over target magnetic anomalies.
The microprobe analyses of the kimberlitic ilmenites extracted from the A12 samples collected during the 2003 drilling program define a diamond preservation potential index of 0.
Guzman supervised various research programs on sand beach ilmenites, which included the assessment of operating and cost parameters on both smelting new sand beach ilmenite ores and upgrading sand beach ilmenite through synthetic rutile processes.