adventures in pyrite: by tabitha green (3odd)

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  • hey look, there's gold over there!
  • actually, that's pyrite.
  • whats pyrite?
  • pyrite is a mineral. it looks brassy, like gold, but it's not. Pyrite is part of the sulfides group, so it looks metallic and opaque. sulfur is a major component of this group.
  • there's more over here. it is pretty small and hard, like a 6-6.5 on the hardness scale, but not as hard as a diamond, and not as weak as talc.
  • oh cool! i think i've heard of it. isn't it called "fools gold"?
  • yes! it also has a chemical composition of FeS2. It has a crystal structure that is isometric and it has fracture, not clevage. to be exact, it is a conchodial fracture.
  • neat! so what is pyrite used for? and where else can i find it?
  • it is most commonly used as an ore of gold, but you can use it for sulfuric acid and gemstones. also, actual gold can be found in it. how cool is that?
  • oh wow! pyrite is so cool!
  • so that's pyrite, feel free to go learn more about other minerals now!
  • yeah!
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