What is Chromite?

What is Chromite?

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Chromite is an oxide mineral composed of chromium, iron and oxygen (FeCr2O4).

It is a dark gray to black in color with a metallic to submetallic luster and a high specific gravity.
Chromite is important because it is the only economic ore of chromium, an essential element for a wide variety of metal, chemical and manufactured products. Many other minerals contain chromium, but none of them are found in deposits that can be economically mined to produce chromium