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Where do magnets come from?

From:  "anonymous"

WERE DO MAGNETS COME FROM? ARE THEY FOUND IN THE GROUND OR ARE THEY MADE?

C.H.U.D. sent us this response:

When magnetism was first discovered it was in a naturally occurring mineral called magnetite. Magnetite is found in the ground and is magnetic, of course. Most magnets you would find on a refrigerator or hard drive, however, are man-made and usually consist of metal alloys or ceramics.

Todd came up with this:

Magnets can be found in earth. That's where they were originally discovered. These days magnets can be made in labs. Magnets can also be made using electricity. Magnets can be natural but most are man made.

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