Not so foolish after all: ‘fool’s gold’ contains a newly discovered type of real gold

Original article by Denis Fougerouse – Page: Online : 29-Jun-21

Pyrite has long been known as ‘fool’s gold’ because of its resemblance to the precious metal, but pyrite crystals do actually contain small amounts of real gold. Gold hidden within pyrite is sometimes referred to as ‘invisible gold’, and researchers have recently discovered a third, previously unrecognised way that gold can "lurk" inside pyrite. Their discovery may help gold miners to more efficiently extract gold from pyrite, thereby reducing emissions, as well as providing interesting insights into how mineral deposits form.


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