ore bed

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a stratum of ore

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Thus, the degree of oil shale porosity can indicate the extent of pyrolysis of an ore bed. Based on this, the authors believe that oil shale undergoes no pyrolysis when its porosity is below 5%.
But, once an ore bed was discovered and exploited, there would be additional forays to find more such deposits.
The final degree of reduction, defined as the ratio of metallic iron to total iron, varies from 96 per cent at the top to 73 per cent at the bottom of the ore bed in the retort.
The flat-lying ore bed is about 5-6 m thick with an overburden of similar thickness.