Pyrite, commonly known as fool's gold, is a sulfide mineral containing iron. When exposed to oxygen, the color darkens, turning from a brass-yellow to shades of brown. This specimen is on calcite, a mineral made of calcium carbonate.
Pyrite Formula: FeS2 Calcite Formula: CaCO3
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