By David Rickard
In Pyrite, geochemist and writer David Rickard blends uncomplicated technological know-how and ancient narrative to explain the various particular methods pyrite is necessary to our global. He explains the elemental technology of oxidation, exhibiting us why the mineral appears like gold, and inspects loss of life zones of current oceans the place pyrite-related hydrogen sulfide destroys oxygen within the waters. Rickard analyzes pyrite's function in production sulfuric acid and discusses the numerous visual appeal of the mineral in literature, heritage, and the advance of societies. The mineral's impression extends from human evolution and tradition, via technological know-how and undefined, to our figuring out of historic, smooth, and destiny earth environments. lively and available, Pyrite is the 1st ebook to teach readers the historical past and technology of a mineral that helped make the fashionable world.