Iron pyrite, light micrograph

Iron pyrite, light micrograph

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Caption: Iron pyrite crystal. Pyrite or iron disulphide (FeS2) is the most abundant sulphide mineral, more commonly known as fool's gold. It is mined worldwide as a source of sulphur, which is used to produce sulphuric acid. The word pyrite comes from the Greek, which translates as "stone which strikes fire". Iron pyrite often occurs as well- formed cubic, octahedral or pyritohedral crystals. Magnification: 50x.

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Keywords: crystal, earth, geological, geology, igneous rock, iron pyrite, iron sulphide, light micrograph, magnetic pyrites, mineral, pyrite, pyrrhotite, rock, rocks

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