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What is iron's state of matter?

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Iron, at room temperature, is in a solid state of matter. Like other elements, it can also exist as a gas and a liquid, depending upon the temperature and pressure.

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Iron is a hardy material that remains solid even under very high heat. It takes a temperature of 2800 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for it to melt. At nearly twice that temperature, 5182 degrees Fahrenheit, iron vaporizes. Iron must be melted to make it into implements or to combine it with other materials to form alloys, namely steel. Practically speaking, pure elemental iron is rarely used for industrial purposes, and impure varieties such as gray cast iron have lower melting points than the one listed in chemistry tables. The melting point for gray cast iron is about 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.

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