A common ore of copper iron sulfite. Bornite was named after an Austrian mineralologist, Ignaz von Born. It has been found in Tasmania, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and the U.S. (Montana, Arizona). The naturally brown ore alters on weathering to form chalcocite and other copper corrosion products which produces an iridescent surface containing purple, blue, and green colors.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Cleavage = imperfect Fracture = concoidal Luster = metallic
Hazards and Safety
Tarnishes in air and moisture
Web Minerals: Bornite
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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