This is an example of the mineral pyrite.
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This mineral sparkles like gold! But it is not really gold. It is called pyrite and you can find it in all sorts of rocks like sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.
People call it "Fool's Gold" because some people are fooled into thinking it is gold!
Last modified April 15, 2003 by Lisa Gardiner.
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