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Pyrite: The Fool’s Gold of Geology

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Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, is a common sulfide mineral found in a variety of geological settings. It has a distinct brass-yellow color and a metallic luster, which has led to its nickname. While it may resemble gold to the untrained eye, pyrite is actually quite different in terms of its physical and chemical properties.