Goethite was named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a mineralogy enthusiast. It is one of the most stable iron oxides, thermodynamically, at ambient temperatures, and as a result, it is considered as either the first oxide to be created, or the end oxide for many changes. It is present in rocks by means of varied compartments of the ecosystem, and is in possession of a diaspore structure. It marks its worth by being used as an iron ore, and is often acknowledged as a brown iron ore, for the reason that it has significant use as a clay earth pigment.
Goethite, in itself, does not hold a status of a phenomenally beautiful mineral specimen, and hence, it is often brought to use in forming the backdrop for other minerals; vanadinite, for instance, is made a rather alluring mineral specimen with opalescent colors. Following is a list of its benefits and uses:
- For the reason that it is used as an iron ore, iron rich lateritic soils that are developed over rocks present in tropical climates, are mined, in order to fetch iron, along with other metals too.
- After hematite, it is goethite that is considered as the most important ore of iron. What's more, earlier, many substances that were acknowledged as limonite, have now settled down to constituting definite goethite configuration.
- Since, it is known as a mineral since the prehistoric times, it is acknowledged in the form of a pigment, with evidences found in paint samples from caves in France.
- One of its most prominent applications is in eliminating the chemical element, cadmium, from polluted waters found in industrial liquid trash.
- Needle like crystals of this mineral, along with iridescent stalactitic forms prove to be immensely useful for goethite collectors. Hence, for this reason, it is often included within quartz.
- Out of the many metaphysical properties of this mineral, one property states its use as a divination element in meditation, offering insight into future occurrences.
- Astonishingly, it has many health uses too. For example, this mineral is brought into use for treating health problems associated with the digestive system, and convulsions. Moreover, research says, it can prove to be immensely useful in treating deficiency of red blood cells, which make the uses of iron oxides all the more extensive.