Rocks and Metals

large rcok with chimney in background

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

 

Antimony (Sb)

Smudges around the eye; it is in kohl black eyeliner.


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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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Killas

Click to see a larger version of this imagekillas rock sample

The metamorphic rock surrounding a Granite intrusion is in Cornwall, is known as Killas or Greenstone.


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The rock cycle: how rocks are formed

Click to see a larger version of this imagelarge rock with chimney in background

There are three main types of rock: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.


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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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