Sulfide Minerals

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Sulfides are manufactured from compounds of sulfur usually with a metal. They tend to be heavy and brittle. Several crucial metal ores come from this organization like the pyrite pictured here that is an iron ore.


A molybdenum sulfide, molybdenite is the most important source of molybdenum, which is an important element in high-strength steels. Molybdenite was originally thought to be lead, and its name is derived from the Greek word for lead, molybdos. It was recognized as a distinct mineral by the Swedish chemist Carl Scheele in 1778.

Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

Known since antiquity, pyrite is commonly referred to as “fool’s gold.” Although much lighter than gold, its brassy color and relatively high density misled many novice prospectors. Its name is derived from the Greek word pyr, meaning “fire,” because it emits sparks when struck by iron.


The principal ore of antimony, stibnite is antimony sulfide. Its name comes from the Latin stibium. Lead-gray to silvery gray in color, it often develops a black, iridescent tarnish on exposure to light. It normally occurs as elongated, prismatic crystals that may be bent or twisted.


An arsenic sulfide, orpiment is a soft yellow or orange mineral. Widely distributed, it is typically powdery or massive, but it is also found as cleavable, columnar, or foliated masses. Distinct crystals are uncommon, but when found they are short prisms.

Realgar (Ruby Sulfur)

An important ore of arsenic, realgar is bright red or orange in color. Crystals are not often found, but when they occur they are short, prismatic, and striated. Realgar mostly occurs as coarse to fine granular masses and as encrustations.

Cinnabar (Mercury)

A mercury sulfide, cinnabar takes its name from the Persian zinjirfrah and Arabic zinjafr, which mean “dragon’s blood.” It is bright scarlet to deep grayish red in color. It is the major source of mercury.


Chalcopyrite is a copper include sulfide mineral .It has to formula CuFeS2.It is usually seed brassy to golden yellow color .Also copper is most important ore mineral thousands of years. Hardness of 3.5 – 4 on the Mohs scale and diagnostic properties streak is black green


Galena is most abundant and widely found sulfide mineral and other name is lead glance .It is most important minerals of lead and silver.Crystal system is cubic ,isometric system and xpl features not observed. It is often associated with the minerals sphalerite, calcite and fluorite.

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