Iron Material in The Spaceport | World Anvil

Iron (/ˈaɪərn/)

Not the rarest mineral in the universe, there are still entire planets that lack this valuable mineral. But not Earth. Earth is practically made of the stuff. If you intend to keep humans for any length of time, you'll want to remember that they need iron in their diet. It is an important component of their blood. Without enough iron, humans become weak and useless. You want to be careful not to give them too much! It is a delicate balance. They do tend to react to its lack or over abundance quickly, so an attentive owner will learn to recognize the signs of an iron imbalance.

It is easy to mine iron on Earth, however as an interdicted planet, mining is forbidden. Fortunately, it is available almost anywhere, so if you can get to a remote location - some suggest starting on the sea floor where humans are scarce - you can quickly fill your hold with the stuff and get away before being discovered by the regulatory enforcers or the humans.

Is mining iron worth the risk?
— space pirate second-in-command contemplating an empty TREIN car

Be aware that iron is heavy, so you'll need extra boosters to get it out of Earth's gravity well.

Get away with it, and you'll have a valuable haul that can easily be sold for use in building materials for ships and space stations, used as a nutrient, turned into tools, or sold as a raw material. One good haul can keep you in credits for years. And no one needs to know that you broke the interdiction to get it!

Do you know how much a full load of that stuff would be worth?
— space pirate captain

Properties

Material Characteristics

Iron is soft and easily worked despite its high melting point.

Geology & Geography

Iron is found all over Earth, as it is the 4th most common element on the planet, highly available in the crust, but also a significant part of the core.

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26Fe

55.845 u
Type
Mineral
Color
silvery-gray
Boiling / Condensation Point
5,184°F
Melting / Freezing Point
2,800°F
Common State
Iron is a solid, found in nature as variants of iron oxide such as hematite, magnetite, goethite, and limonite.
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Cover image: by Deleyna via Midjourney

Comments

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Aug 17, 2023 07:35

Oh those iron smuggling space pirates!

You have to be prepared for them, or they will turn your yard upside down an steal your iron nutrients from the ground!

The alien look on earth and earthlings is just hillarious!

Have a look at my Cabinet of Curiosities entries or my entry for Tillerz Duckuary: Die Ruinen von Duckistan!
Aug 17, 2023 17:39 by Deleyna Marr

Thanks! I love that you've found the different pieces of this story!

Deleyna
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