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Pyrrhotite

Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Pyrrhotite has a faint reddish colour and is named from the Greek pyrrotes, meaning reddish. It is often found in ultramafic and mafic rocks associated with other sulphides.

Distribution: Kobos copper mine 55km south-west of Rehoboth, the Matchless and Rosh Pinah Mines and in the Otjiwarongo district.

Composition: Sulphide.

Crystal system: Orthorhombic.

Lustre: Metallic bronze-yellow to red.

Streak: Grey-black.

Hardness: 3.5-4.5.

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