Rocks and Metals

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The ground beneath your feet is a natural treasure store, containing rocks, metals and minerals which have been essential to our everyday lives for thousands of years. 

Dig deeper to discover why tin is found at Geevor and learn about other useful metals and beautiful minerals found in Cornwall.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Pat Comber

 

Cassiterite (SnO2)

Click to see a larger version of this imagecassiterite mineral specimen

Cassiterite gets its name from the Greek word for ‘tin’. 


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Galena (PbS)

Click to see a larger version of this imagegalena mineral specimen

Is the most important lead ore.


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Other metals in Cornwall

Click to see a larger version of this imagelode material underground

What metals do you find down Cornish mines?


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Tin (Sn)

Click to see a larger version of this imagethree small bottles of tin concentrate

Tin is one of the few metals which has been used and traded by humans for more than 5000 years.


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Comment left by Dave Rowlinson on 2009-10-14 17:54:00

Great website, very informative with lots of great images. Well done

Comment left by jessica on 2012-07-03 11:22:41

good website x

 

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