Abstract: The crystallization kinetics of goethite were studied colorimetrically under highly alkaline conditions (pH 10.1–12.2) at temperatures from 40° to 85°C. Color changes during crystallization from fresh precipitates, plotted on a*–b* colorimetric diagrams, were used to discriminate between pure goethite and mixtures of goethite and hematite. Only the b* value increased as goethite crystallization proceeded, and even a minor increase in the a* value revealed the existence of hematite. The rate of goethite crystallization, estimated from the b* value, could be modeled by a pseudo-first-order rate law. This rate depended both on pH and on temperature. Apparent activation energies for the reactions of 56.1 kJ/mol at pH 11.7 and 48.2 kJ/mol at pH 12.2 were estimated from Arrhenius plots.