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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Seven samples of black shale and six samples of pyrite were collected from the Walls Island and Byram members of the Lockatong Formation in the Nursery and Titusville cores of the Newark basin.
Thousands of houses across the country are thought to be affected by pyrite.
For me, the truly surprising result is that pyrite weathering and burial appear to be such important processes in the sulfur cycle throughout all of Earth's history.
Hence, if the flux of oxygen consumption by pyrite oxidation is known then the rate of acid production can be estimated.
A note on prospecting of Amjhore pyrite, Rohtas district, Bihar with discussion on the origin of the deposits, Ind Minerals 31:8-22.
resident knew Pyrite wasn't going to make it to today's finals.
When exposed to atmosphere and water, pyrite reacts with oxygen to form sulfuric acid, which, in turn, liberates iron ions.
This type of pyrite may have been formed deep within the earth at pressures and temperatures at which the icosahedral crystalline form is stable, says Cahn.
Properties in Dublin City, Fingal and counties Meath, Kildare and Offaly were identified as being riddled by pyrite, which causes cracks and subsidence.
Dundee Precious Metals is to sell to China's Xiangguang Copper Co up to 200,000 tons of pyrite concentrate per year to, to be produced in Bulgaria, the company announced.
We suggest that the jump in chromium levels was triggered by the oxidation of the mineral pyrite (fool's gold) on land," said Konhauser.