Siderite was discovered in 1845 and derives its name from the Greek sideros (iron). Siderite has perfect cleavage in three directions and comes in a wide variety of crystal habits and colors.
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Countries of Origin
Papua New Guinea; Kazakhstan; Portugal; Iceland; Greece; Mongolia; Korea (the Republic of); Morocco; Unknown; Mali; Luxembourg; Panama; Brazil; Guyana; Iraq; Jersey; Slovenia; Nepal; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Hungary; Isle of Man; Japan; Ukraine; Ghana; Zambia; Taiwan (Province of China); India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; New Zealand; Canada; Turkey; Namibia; Finland; Italy; South Africa; Georgia; Jamaica; Peru; Turkmenistan; Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of); Germany; Tanzania, United Republic Of; Russian Federation; Viet Nam; United States of America; Madagascar; Thailand; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Libya; Saudi Arabia; Netherlands; Sweden; Pakistan; Malawi; China; Ireland; Poland; Slovakia; France; Nigeria; Serbia; Tunisia; Kyrgyzstan; Romania; Falkland Islands [Malvinas]; Togo; Rwanda; Uzbekistan; Kenya; Switzerland; French Polynesia; Spain; Mauritania; Norway; Mexico; Zimbabwe; Israel; Australia; Greenland; Tajikistan; Indonesia
Soluble in warm hydrochloric acid and slightly soluble in water.