What is "fool's gold" made of?

Answer

The nickname "fool's gold" refers to the mineral pyrite because of its similarity in shape and color to actual gold. Pyrite differs from gold in its crystalline structure and shares more chemical similarities with iron sulfides and marcasite than with gold.

Pyrite is a sulfide mineral frequently found in conjunction with other sulfides. It is also sometimes found alongside gold, arsenic, nickel, silver and cobalt. Unlike gold, pyrite is susceptible to oxidation and rusting, altering both its color and its structure, making it unsuitable for construction materials. Decaying pyrite can leak sulfuric acid and cause environmental damage. Pyrite releases heat that can cause explosions in mines.

Q&A Related to "What is "fool's gold" made of?"
Fools gold is actually pyrite. Pyrite is an iron sulfide, which is one atom of iron combined with two atoms of sulfur. Fools gold also has the nicknames brass and brazil.
http://www.ask.com/web-answers/Science/Chemistry/w...
Fools Gold is also called iron pyrite or just pyrite. It is composed of iron and sulfur FeS2
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What+is+fools+gold+gold+...
Three large gold-colored rocks. Gold is a metal; pyrite is a mineral, and while they are visually similar, there are significant differences if you know where to look, and how to
http://www.ehow.com/info_8222054_difference-real-g...
A gold crown is not just amalgam. While it does contain some gold it is really a mixture of metals. The dentist can order the crown as a mixture of high noble, noble, semi-precious
http://www.quora.com/Dentistry/What-are-gold-crown...
Explore this Topic
Gold is made up of ores. Gold ore are often found together with quartz or sulphide minerals such as pyrite. Native gold is mined in the form of free flakes, grains ...
The mineral pyrite is called "fool's gold" the miners during the California Gold Rush often confused it with real gold because of its ...
585 gold refers to gold that is made up of 585 parts pure gold and 415 parts other metals like copper, silver and platinum in the alloy. White gold is normally ...
About -  Privacy -  Careers -  Ask Blog -  Mobile -  Help -  Feedback  -  Sitemap  © 2014 Ask.com