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First you need a basic chemical understanding of iron (valences, bonding, reactions, etc). Perhaps one of the chemists on this forum can better advise you as to the proper textbooks for chemical properties of iron.
Just to clarify- Strongoundation wants to build a car from scratch, and I mean from scratch. He hopes to mine or process or manufacture all the materials. A daunting task, to be sure.In one of his posts, he asked what information he would need to find, mine and process iron. I thought it was important that he have a basic understanding of chemistry, especially an understanding of valences, compounds and solutions. Economic concentrations of iron depend heavily on Eh and pH conditions of the paleoenvironment. StrongFoundation has little to no scientific background, so the he needs references that are easily understood. He is beginning with a basic geology text- but he will need knowledge of chemistry as well. Since chemistry is not my area of expertise, I was hoping someone could suggest a starting point.