An iron deposit is, as the name implies, a deposit of iron ore, also known as an iron-ore deposit. Iron ore is used in the production of iron which is then used to make steel (by smelting it in blast furnaces, removing unwanted elements, and then adding carbon).
Iron is a word that comes from the Middle English iron and the Old English iren. Deposit comes from the Latin deponere, which later evolved into the Medieval Latin depositare.
Iron ore is one of the most abundant resources on Earth and, at this time, nobody worries that it might run out. However, some estimates say that iron ore might disappear within sixty years if we are not careful.
The English language uses these two words (iron deposit) in other ways other than to refer to iron-ore deposits, however. Here are some examples, starting with the skin:
Iron Deposits in Skin
If you have iron deposits in your skin, what you’re dealing with is known, medically, as hemochromatosis (also known as iron overload). A hereditary disease called hereditary hemochromatosis makes you absorb more iron than usual, and since humans have no real means of naturally expelling excess iron reserves, this extra iron causes all sorts of havoc in your body, from diabetes to congestive heart failure.
The treatment for hemochromatosis is phlebotomy (removing blood from the body). People with this condition must do this regularly.
Iron Deposits in Brain
You can measure your brain’s iron deposits through magnetic resonance imaging. Some recent studies suggest that if you have too much iron in your brain, multiple sclerosis is likely to follow. The brain’s iron reserves are not static and change over time. Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are also associated with abnormal levels of iron in the brain.
On the other hand, iron deficiency in the brain causes other problems, including lower cognition.
Iron Deposits in Teeth
Some babies have to take iron supplements because of anemia. This often causes their teeth to be filled with worrying stains (iron deposits). They usually fade away once the baby stops taking the iron supplements or simply with the passage of time.
Baking soda is one way to remove the iron deposit from an individual tooth, but it is difficult to keep the child immobile and you have to be careful so that they don’t swallow it.