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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Rocks and Minerals ➔ Copper and Calcite

Identifier:
2019.1.270
Description:
Copper is a native element and often occurs in fine-grained volcanic rocks such as basalt. It is red and orange in color until exposed to oxygen which can cause it to turn green and black over time. It was one of the first metals to be used by humans and was the first to be smelted from ores. This specimen is enclosed in calcite, a calcium carbonate mineral found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. 

Copper Formula: Cu
Calcite Formula: CaCO3
Dimensions:
1in." h 1 1/2 in." w
Source:
Museum Collection
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