Fool's Gold

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Fool's Gold

Iron pyrite, or a metal that superficially looks like gold. It is used to produce sulfur dioxide, which is important in making paper. Fool's gold was often mistaken for real gold during gold rushes and at other times, but is vastly less valuable.
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4 m the drill hole intersected andesite feldspar porphyry, cross cut by quartz-pyrite vein and veinlets, vuggy texture quartz-pyrite-sphaleriteOgalena vein with massive pyrite up to 15%) and a hydrothermal breccia zones with quartz-pyrite veins.
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1997, Geochemistry of biogenic pyrite and ferromanganese coatings from a small watershed: a bacterial connection?
Several rounded flint tools have been found at Burgaschisee-sud, pointing to the use of the pyrite technique, though these were not interpreted as strike-a-lights; similar tools are known from many other Swiss sites.
Instead of assisting these families extract pyrite from their properties the current Environment Minister appears more interested in extracting cash from them for the supply of water to their crumbling homes.
This costs up to [euro]600 and all funds are repaid by the Pyrite Resolution Board.
The Company reports an additional test is now underway to assess the gold recovery with partial oxidation of the pyrite concentrate of approximately 50%.
Toronto-based mining company, which owns Chelopech mine in Bulgaria, entered into an agreement with the Chinese copper smelting company with regard to the first stage of its gold in pyrite recovery project.
We suggest that the jump in chromium levels was triggered by the oxidation of the mineral pyrite (fool's gold) on land," said Konhauser.
Washington, July 23 (ANI): Scientists are studying ancient forms of the mineral pyrite to gain insight into a turning point in the Earth's evolution.
Acid sulfate soil (ASS) scalds are persistently bare areas of land associated with pyrite oxidation and ASS formation in drained coastal floodplains.
When pyrite is exposed to air and water, it produces acidic drainage, which threatens two nearby trout streams, Buffalo Run and Bald Eagle Creek.