The name "Chalcopyrite" is derived from the Greek words chalkos, "copper" and pyrites, "strike fire".

Chalcopyrite is a copper Iron sulfide mineral; the mineral crystallizes the tetragonal system. The color of the mineral is a brassy, golden yellow color. The color can be referred as “yellow copper”.

Chalcopyrite is often mistaken as Pyrite, because of its golden color. Chalcopyrite has a chemical composition a. It has a hardness of 3-4 on the moh’s scale. Chalcopyrite is one of the most important copper ore’s.

This is the Hardness Scale (Mohs Scale), and Chalcopyrite is in between 3 and 4 (Calcite and Fuorite). external image VLC151_Mohs_hardness_scale.jpg

Here in this picture you can see Chalcopyrite’s shiny gold like color.
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This is a picture of Pyrite, as you can see, Pyrite could be mistaken for Chalcopyrite.
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Chalcopyrite’s Crystal Shape can be a Tetragonal, or a prism.

Chalcopyrite has a metallic luster, although it is a metal sulfide rather than a metal. It is an excellent conductor of electricity.

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Chalcopyrite comes in many colors rather then just gold. Chalcopyrite’s streak is green tinged black.

Chalcopyrite doesn’t have any cleavage, fraction is uneven; its brittle.

Chalcopyrite uses: Chalcopyrite is the most important primary ore of copper. A large portion of the copper produced in the world is obtained by the smelting of chalcopyrite and the ores associated with it.
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Here are 6 key terms you may not know:

Tetragonal: A four-sided polygon; a quadrilateral.
Luster: The state or quality of shining by reflecting light; glitter, sparkle, sheen, or gloss.
Streak: a portion or layer of something, distinguished by color or nature from the rest; a vein or stratum.
alloy: a mixture of two or more metals.
hardness: in mineralogy, the ability of one mineral to scrath another. this is measured by the mohs scale.
Mineralogy: the study of minerals, which includes a number of smaller sub-disciplines, such as crystallography.


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