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Thursday, April 12, 2012

pyrite in iowa. fool's gold.

 1.  I've been finding a lot of Fool's gold. The camp ground I frequent has been freshly paved with limestone rocks. Most limestone contain sand and other substances like as quartz, pyrite and clay minerals (source, ehow.com).  So, you find limestone...you might find fool's gold.

 2.    I'm enjoying the structure of  pyrite, it's very cube-like. Here's an image pulled from the net that exemplifies its cube-like quality .  This is the kind of F.G  I'd like to find.
3.  But this is what I always find.  I just have to figure out a way to dissolve the limestone so I can see what the structure of the pyrite looks like.  I'll bet vinegar would do the trick.

So, keep your eyes peeled, folks.  Pyrite is easily found...not to mention satisfying to find.  Just look for a neighbor that has a limestone driveway.  When they're not looking, dig through the rocks and you just might find some worthless/yet totally cool minerals. 


  1. oooo, you find the coolest stuff. You make me want to hunt for treasures. Maybe I should add that to my list of cool things to do this summer. :)

  2. I'll bet if you go to dinosaur valley you could find all sorts of dinosaur bones and other fancy fossils. I miss all the Utah rock shops by Moab.