Rocks and Metals

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The ground beneath your feet is a natural treasure store, containing rocks, metals and minerals which have been essential to our everyday lives for thousands of years. 

Dig deeper to discover why tin is found at Geevor and learn about other useful metals and beautiful minerals found in Cornwall.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Pat Comber

 

Chalcopyrite (CuFeS2)

Click to see a larger version of this imagechalcopyrite mineral specimen

Chalcopyrite is the most commonly found copper mineral and is the most important ore of copper. 


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Quartz (SiO2)

Click to see a larger version of this imagequartz mineral specimen

Cold as ice?


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Mineral collectors

Click to see a larger version of this imagea geevor sampler working underground taking a sample of rock with his pick

Cornwall has long been known for having a huge variety of minerals.


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Bismuth (Bi)

Click to see a larger version of this imagebismuth mineral specimen

Bismuth was confused in early times with tin and lead because of its resemblance to those elements.


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Comment left by Dave Rowlinson on 2009-10-14 17:54:00

Great website, very informative with lots of great images. Well done

Comment left by jessica on 2012-07-03 11:22:41

good website x

 

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