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

 

Amethyst (SiO2)

Click to see a larger version of this imagelarge amethyst mineralAmethyst has been used for thousands of years to make jewellery and is still a popular gemstone.


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Products and Properties

Click to see a larger version of this imagetin toy cars, tin boxes and tin buckets

Tin Plate: One of the most important uses of tin was to coat or ‘plate’ other metals. 


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How is Tin used?

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Tin is used in a number of industrial processes throughout the world.


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Copper (Cu)

Click to see a larger version of this imagecopper mineral specimen

It’s hard to imagine a world without copper. We rely on copper for supplying power, lighting, heating, communications, and water.


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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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