Quartz Biotite Chalcopyrite Bornite

Virtual Museum ID: 19-StM10

Specimen Summary


Quartz is the second most abundant mineral on Earth, occurring in many different types of rocks. Although usually clear or milky white in colour, quartz can be found in a variety of colours because of impurities in the crystal structure. Pure quartz is made up of silicon and oxygen only, but atoms of other elements, like iron or titanium, often make their way into the quartz crystal structure. Some varieties of quartz, like purple amethyst, are considered to be semi-precious gemstones and have been used since ancient times to make jewellery and decorative objects.

Chalcopyrite is an important copper ore mineral found in many different types of copper deposit. It is sometimes mistaken for Gold because of its bright yellow colour; however, it is harder, more common, and chalcopyrite commonly occurs with other copper sulphide minerals such as bornite and weathers to malachite and azurite.

Bornite is an important copper ore mineral found in many different types of copper deposit. It is also known as peacock ore because of its iridescent purple-blue-green tarnish. Fresh bornite, however, is copper red. Bornite commonly occurs with other copper sulphide minerals such as chalcocite and weathers, or “oxidizes”, to malachite.

Specimen Data

 

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Collection Details

Original Collection:

Stewart Museum (StM)

Sub Collection:

-

Collection ID:

StM-10

Virtual Museum ID:

19-StM10

Accessibility:

Date Added to VM:

2019-08-15

Location Information

Sample Origin:

unknown

Specific Site:

-

UTM Easting:

437938

UTM Northing:

6199628

Datum:

09 (NAD 83)

Coordinate Accuracy:

Approximate

Specimen Details

VM Category:

Mineral

Primary Features:

Quartz Biotite Chalcopyrite Bornite

Primary Mineral Formula:

SiO2, Cu5FeS4, CuFeS2

Primary Category:

sulphide oxide silicate

Secondary Features:

Advanced Geological Information

 

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