Reciprocal Net Site sponsor
   Site Info    |    Search
Pyrite - Reciprocal Net Common Molecule Log in
You will need to download and install a Java plug-in in order to view this applet. Download Sun's Java plug-in from here.
TIP > Click and drag your mouse inside the applet above to rotate the molecule in 3-D. Applet instructions...

Switch to another visualization applet:

> miniJaMM open in new window...
- JaMM1
- JaMM2


Pyrite is often mistaken for "Fool's Gold" because of it's gold like color and opaque crystals.

Chemical Formula: FeS2
Other names: Iron persulfide
Layman's explanation: Pyrite comes from the greek phrase pyrites lithos, meaning "the stone which strikes the fire." Pyrite is very common worldwide, found mainly in Illinois, Missouri, South Africa, Peru, Germany, Spain and Russia; therefore, is easy to collect or buy. It's the most important source of sulfur other than native sulfur. Pyrite was once mined for its sulfur content and used in World War II as a strategic chemical. It is used today as jewelry and is one of the most collected minerals because of its gold like appearance.
Keywords: Fool's Gold, Pyrites lithos, Kim Sapikowski, Mineral

Reciprocal Net site software 0.9.1-50, copyright (c) 2002-2009, The Trustees of Indiana University
Files and data presented via this software are property of their respective owners.
Reciprocal Net is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of the National Science Digital Library project. NSDL