What mineral is often called fool's gold?
"Fool's gold" is a common nickname for pyrite. Pyrite may be shiny and brass-colored, but any miner will tell you, it is not as good as gold. Pyrite received that nickname because it is worth virtually nothing, but has an appearance that "fools" people into believing that it is gold. The nickname "fool's gold" has long been used by gold buyers and prospectors, who were amused by excited people who thought they had found gold. Pyrite contains sulfur and iron. During World War II it was mined to produce sulfuric acid, an industrial chemical. Today, it is used in car batteries, appliances, jewelry, and machinery.
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