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Pyrite Mineral Data

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General Pyrite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: FeS2
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 119.98 gm
   Iron    46.55 %  Fe
   Sulfur  53.45 %  S
          100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Fe2+S2
Help on Environment: Environment: Sedimentary, magmatic, metamorphic, and hydrothermal deposits.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) Prehistoric
Help on Locality: Locality: Common world wide. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: From the Greek, pyrites lithos, "stone which strikes fire," in allusion to the sparking produced when iron is struck by a lump of pyrite.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Pyrite Say PYRITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Bravoite-Ni
  Cobaltian Pyrite
  Fool's Gold
  ICSD 316
  PDF 42-1340