Rocks and Metals

large rcok with chimney in background

The ground beneath your feet is a natural treasure store, containing rocks, metals and minerals which have been essential to our everyday lives for thousands of years. 

Dig deeper to discover why tin is found at Geevor and learn about other useful metals and beautiful minerals found in Cornwall.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Pat Comber

 

Chalcopyrite (CuFeS2)

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Chalcopyrite is the most commonly found copper mineral and is the most important ore of copper. 


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Zinc (Zn)

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Zinc is essential for human health.


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The rock cycle: how rocks are formed

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There are three main types of rock: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.


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Tungsten (W)

Click to see a larger version of this imagetungsten filament in a light bulb

Switch on a light bulb and it's there for all to see. 


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Comment left by Dave Rowlinson on 2009-10-14 17:54:00

Great website, very informative with lots of great images. Well done

Comment left by jessica on 2012-07-03 11:22:41

good website x

 

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