What is it and where is it formed? Pyrite
is an iron ore that is called “Fool’s gold” because it looks so
much like gold. Many Old West miners were ‘fooled’ into
thinking they were rich when they found it. Pyrite is found in
igneous rock areas.
How and where is it mined? Pyrite is mined
with underground mining. It can be dangerous to mine pyrite.
If it combines with oxygen and water, it becomes sulfuric acid,
and sinks into the ground. Then it travels into aquifers,
rivers, and streams and kills everything in it. After they get
the pyrite ore out of the ground, it is heated. This takes the
iron and sulfur out of it. It is mined all over the world. The
most pyrite comes from the United States, Italy, Russia, Sweden,
What is it used for? Pyrite is used for
car batteries, appliances, food cans, paper, tools, some
jewelry, and machinery.