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Pyrite (FeS2)

pyrite mineral specimen

Gold? Fooled you!

Pyrite is a shiny yellow mineral which is often called "fool’s gold" because many prospectors were fooled into thinking they had found gold. Pyrite gets its name from the Greek word for fire, because it can give off sparks when it is struck. It has been used to light fires for thousands of years. Pyrite is commercially used for the production of sulphur dioxide and in the manufacture of sulphuric acid.

Data Panel: Iron Sulphide: Pyrite
FeS2
colour
Brassy yellow
hardness
6-6.5
Crystal system
Isometric
Crystal habit
Very varied crystals
Lustre
Metallic
Streak
Greenish black
Fracture
Conchoidal, Irregular
Other characteristics
 

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Geevor Archive

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