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Today Mo has given us the prompt IRON. The pictures below (they aren't mine) tell of the IRON Pillar in Delhi, India.
A remarkable iron pillar, dating to about A.D. 400, remains standing today in Delhi, India. This solid shaft of wrought iron is about 7 1/4 m high by 40 cm in diameter. Corrosion to the pillar has been minimal although it has been exposed to the weather since its creation.
The pillar—almost seven meters or 22 feet (6.7 m) high and weighing more than six tons—was allegedly erected at the times of Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (375–413), The dating of it as given by various authorities to be as early as 912 BCE. It is the remaining piece of a Hindu and Jain temple complex which stood there before being destroyed by Qutb-ud-din Aybak to build the Qutub Minar and Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. Qutub built around it when he constructed the mosque.
The pillar is made up of 98% wrought iron of pure quality, and is a testament to the high level of skill achieved by ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron. It has attracted the attention of archaeologists and metallurgists as it has withstood corrosion for the last 1600 years, despite harsh weather.
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