4" Pyrite On Calcite - El Hammam Mine, Morocco

 
This is a specimen of glittering pyrite on top of calcite from the El Hammam Mine in Morocco.

The mineral pyrite or iron pyrite is commonly referred to as Fool's Gold because its metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold. In the old mining days, pyrite was sometimes mistaken for gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals with the chemical formula FeS2. Pyrite crystals occur in many shapes and habits, including cubes of all sizes, penetration twin cubes, pyritohedral clusters and as small druzy crystals that can exhibit a beautiful glistening effect.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Pyrite & Calcite
LOCATION
El Hammam Mine, Meknès, Morocco
SIZE
4 x 3.5 x 2.4"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#80712