adventures in pyrite: by tabitha green (3odd)
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hey look, there's gold over there!
actually, that's 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!
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