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What's the difference between an alloy and an ore?


An alloy is a homogeneous mixture of elements; at least one of the elements must be a metal. An ore is a naturally occuring mixture (usually heterogenous) that contains a particular metal (or a compound of that metal) in amounts that make extraction of the metal economically worthwhile.

Author: Fred Senese senese@antoine.frostburg.edu



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