Sir: We appreciate the effort and interesting contribution of Jami et al. (2007) on the origin of the Esfordi apatite-magnetite deposit. We have been working in the Bafq mining district of central Iran for almost eight years, resulting in three graduate theses on the mineralization of the area. Based on our field experiences and mineralogical and geochemical data, we wish to comment on the conclusion of Jami et al. (2007) that Esfordi is a typical Kiruna-type apatite-magnetite deposit.

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First, the deposit is composed of magnetite-apatite-hematite, rather than simply apatite-magnetite and therefore does not fit an orthomagmatic model for Fe mineralization....

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