Copper Ore

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Many minerals are actually copper ores, meaning they contain copper that could actually be extracted. Copper weathering is often involved in the unique coloration of specimens. Popular minerals that fall in this category include azurite, malachite and chrysocolla.

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Copper Ore Classification
Common Name Copper Ore
Species Rock
Copper Ore Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque
Optic Character NA
Optic Sign NA
Fluorescence SWUV: none
LWUV: none
Pleochroism None
Copper Ore Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 2.5-3
Streak Copper-Red
Specific Gravity 8.940-8.950
Luster Metallic
Fracture Hackly
Cleavage None
Copper Ore Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name Copper
Chemical Formula Cu
Crystal System Cubic
Chemistry Classification Native Element

Copper Ore Colors

  • Green Copper Ore Green
  • Orange Copper Ore Orange

Countries of Origin

Canada; United States of America (the); Unknown; Uruguay; Namibia; Australia

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.