Copper ore

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Chalcopyrite, a type of copper ore.

Copper ore is a rock containing copper that can be extracted. Copper ores have a variable copper content depending on the copper mineral. In the modern era, copper sulfide minerals such as chalcocite are the most commercially important copper ores,[1] while carbonites such as malachite offer alternative sources. Native copper, consisting of pure or almost-pure copper, has been used since around 7500 BCE near the Great Lakes of North America, and is still mined in the 21st century. Though copper ore is more difficult to use than native copper, requiring the mastery of copper smelting, it is available in larger quantities and in more locations around the world.

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  1. III. The Ores Of Copper. Retrieved on 7 September 2022‎

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  • F. Payne, Arthur (1914). Art Metalwork With Inexpensive Equipment. The Manual Arts Press

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