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Pyrite: A Natural History of Fools Gold

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Most people have heard of pyrite, the brassy yellow mineral sometimes known as fools gold. Pyrite behaves like stone and shines li... Weiterlesen
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Most people have heard of pyrite, the brassy yellow mineral sometimes known as fools gold. Pyrite behaves like stone and shines like metal, and its dual nature makes it a source of both metals and sulfur. Despite being the most common sulfide mineral on the earths surface, pyrites bright crystals have attracted the attention of many different cultures, and its nearly identical visual appearance to gold has led to tales of fraud, trickery, and claims of alchemy. Pyrite occupies a unique place in human history: it became an integral part of mining culture in America during the 19th century, and it has a presence in ancient Sumerian texts, Greek philosophy, and medieval poetry, becoming a symbol for anything overvalued. In Pyrite, geochemist and author David Rickard blends basic science and historical narrative to describe the many unique ways pyrite is integral to our world. He explains the basic science of oxidation, showing us why the mineral looks like gold, and inspects death zones of present oceans where pyrite-related hydrogen sulfide destroys oxygen in the waters. Rickard analyzes pyrites role in manufacturing sulfuric acid and discusses the significant appearance of the mineral in literature, history, and the development of societies. The minerals influence extends from human evolution and culture, through science and industry, to our understanding of ancient, modern, and future earth environments. Energetic and accessible, Pyrite is the first book to show readers the history and science of a mineral that helped make the modern world.


David Rickard is Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University. His writings have appeared in numerous journals, including Chemical Geology, Geochemica Et Cosmochimica Acta, and Earth and Planetary Science.


Preface Prologue Chapter 1. Foole's Gold: Chapter 2. Pyrite and the origins of civilization Chapter 3. What is pyrite? Chapter 4. Crystals and atoms Chapter 5. Hell and black smokers Chapter 6. Microbes and minerals Chapter 7. Acid Earth Chapter 8. Pyrite and the global environment Chapter 9. Pyrite and the origin of life. Chapter 10. Full circle Epilogue


Titel: Pyrite: A Natural History of Fools Gold
Untertitel: A Natural History of Fool's Gold
EAN: 9780190203689
ISBN: 978-0-19-020368-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Geologie
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Veröffentlichung: 08.04.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch
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