Copper in Australia

copper crystal

Azurite (blue) and Malachite (green) crystals.

In Australia, copper is mainly found as the mineral chalcopyrite in rocks that are more than 250 million years old. Other less commonly occurring minerals that contain copper are azurite and malachite. Copper is sometimes found in its pure form, which is called "native copper".

This map shows where you may find copper deposits around Australia.

Copper in Australia

Click map to see copper deposits by state. NSW Vic QLD Tas SA NT WA

Click on your state to see a map of its copper deposits

Copper Rock

Malachite

When you see rocks that have a blue or green tinge on them, it might be because they contain copper. You could conduct an experiment at school to find out!

NEXT: Does the rock contain copper?, or do the next quiz question.

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