Chalcopyrite Photos
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Roger Weller, geology instructor     copyright 2010-R.Weller 

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Chalcopyrite is a copper and iron sulfide.  The name chalcopyrite says it all:
"chalco" is copper and "pyrite" is iron sulfide.  Chalcopyrite is also known as
yellow copper ore.  Chalcopyrite can be distinguished from pyrite, which it closely
resembles in massive form, by its much more intense yellow color.  Pyrite is often
described as a pale brassy yellow, while chalcopyrite is a strong brassy yellow.


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Just credit photo to R.Weller/Cochise College.

Specimen from the Cochise College collection