What is Pyrite used for in everyday life?
The main uses today include: Production of sulphur dioxide for the paper industry. Production of sulphuric acid for the chemistry industry and the fertilized industry. Pyrite is most often mined for the gold, copper or other elements associated with it.
What is Pyrite?
Pyrite or Iron pyrite (FeS2) is a very common mineral that can be found in sedimentary and low grade metamorphic rocks in the form of crystals. It is often referred to as ‘Fools Gold’ due to it’s gold-like colour.
Is pyrite a crystal?
Pyrite is an iron sulphide mineral that crystallizes in the form of cubic masses. Often found in clumps, pyrite can be identified in stalactites and botryoidal groups. This crystal has a distinctively lustrous, metallic shimmer that likens it to gold, hence the nickname “fool’s gold”.