Rocks and Metals

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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

 

What’s in a Lode?

Click to see a larger version of this imagediagram showing what is in a lode

Lodes are formed from Granite intrusions and their surrounding metamorphic rock.


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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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How is Copper used?

Click to see a larger version of this imagereplica bronze age sword

The first copper objects were decorative - because copper is attractive and easy to shape into objects like earrings, rings, bracelets, combs and mirrors. Copper can be mixed with other metals to create alloys such as bronze (copper and tin) or brass (copper and zinc).


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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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