Physical Properties
Chemical formula CuFeS2
Class Sulfide
Crystal system Tetragonal
Habit Pseudotetrahedral
Massive aggregates
Color Brass-yellow
Sometimes tarnished
If oxidized, may show subtle
reds, greens, blues,
and purples
Hardness 3.5 to 4
Specific gravity 4.2
Cleavage Poor {011}
Fracture Uneven
Luster Metallic
Transparency Opaque
Streak Greenish black
Twinning Polysynthetic
after Perkins, 356

Chalcopyrite in Hand Sample

Chalcopyrite hand sample

Chalcopyrite in Conococheague Fm. limestone

Further Reading

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