Rocks and Metals

large rcok with chimney in background

The ground beneath your feet is a natural treasure store, containing rocks, metals and minerals which have been essential to our everyday lives for thousands of years. 

Dig deeper to discover why tin is found at Geevor and learn about other useful metals and beautiful minerals found in Cornwall.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Pat Comber

 

The Rock Cycle

Click to see a larger version of this imagediagram of the rock cycle

The Earth’s rocks do not stay the same forever. 


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Identifying metals

Click to see a larger version of this imagestreak test for identifying metals

During the 19th century it was discovered that by placing metal compounds into a flame each metal produced its own characteristic colour.


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Zinc (Zn)

Click to see a larger version of this imagezinc specimens

Zinc is essential for human health.


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Pyrite (FeS2)

Click to see a larger version of this imagepyrite mineral specimen

Gold? Fooled you!


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Comment left by Dave Rowlinson on 2009-10-14 17:54:00

Great website, very informative with lots of great images. Well done

Comment left by jessica on 2012-07-03 11:22:41

good website x

 

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