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Fools Gold

By BarbaraR
Hi all,
Thanks very much for all the nice C&C's on
the geode entry.
Continuing with my rocks, here's a macro of
some Fool's Gold, (Iron Pyrites).
Metallic, cubic crystals, often striated.
Used during the 16th and 17th centuries for ignition in guns,
these days, it is used commercially in the production of paper,
sulphuric acid and photovoltaic solar panels.
It is used in some jewellery, but can't be fashioned into
fine items such as chains.
Quite pleased at the detail my little camera achieved.
Barbara Smile

Tags: Macro Rocks Crystals Wildlife and nature Fools Gold Iron Pyrites

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27 Jan 2012 12:50PM
such pretty tones

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
27 Jan 2012 1:11PM
I love the detail in this, Barbara, and excellent detail from the Panny (same as mine Smile). Carol
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
27 Jan 2012 1:30PM
You have indeed captured some super close-up details. I too have some of this but never knew it had any other use other than being pretty, so thanks for that info!

Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 1:51PM
Nice shapes and quite exquisite. IB
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 2:07PM
Excellent detail indeed! A lovely image, well captured!
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 3:05PM
wonderful detail barbara brilliant light and tones a beauty nice one Wink
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
27 Jan 2012 5:08PM
Love the way the light is catching on the surfaces of these crystals: when I first saw it it reminded me of Galena which produces similarly shaped crystals.
Amethyst would make a lovely study too in the right lighting.
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
27 Jan 2012 5:42PM
Thanks everyone Smile
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
27 Jan 2012 7:33PM
Great macro. This reminds me of childhood days -- walking along the shores of Lake Erie (near Bufflao, New York USA).
The limestone caprock would occasionally break free of the cliffs when the underlying shale would erode away.
The caprock was lined on top with iron pyrites and it would glisten in the sun. However, after a while, it would rust and not look so pretty any more.

Anyway -- great shot here. Nicely done.
8 10 10 England
28 Jan 2012 5:18PM
A very good close up with great detail and good light. I shall have to take more notice of rocks when out and about.
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2012 8:09PM
A natural abstract - some wonderful patterns in this one SmileSmileHelen

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