Pyrite

Pyrite

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Caption: Pyrite (iron sulphide) nodule sectioned to show the internal radiating crystals. Pyrite is the most widespread sulphide mineral (FeS2). It occurs in magnificent crystals world wide, notably Rio Tinto (Spain) & Colorado & Arizona (USA). It forms striated, cubic, octahedral or pyritohedral crystals and occurs in plutonic, volcanic, sedimentary & metamorphic rocks.

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Keywords: earth science, geology, pyrite, sulphide mineral

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