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Sphalerite is the only ore of zinc, and can also be used as an ingredient in the smelting of brass. In the game, sphalerite is found as veins in metamorphic layers. Interestingly, dwarves can smelt sphalerite into zinc while the stone itself does not melt, but sublimates (going from solid to gas without melting).
Sphalerite is needed to make two types of metal bars at a smelter:
- Zinc bars
- Brass bars - with native copper, malachite, or tetrahedrite
Sphalerite is twice as valuable as common stone and is magma-safe, but zinc itself is not. As such, it's worth considering to enable sphalerite to be used for masonry (in the status screen, accessed by z), especially if your fortress lacks other magma-safe materials.
[INORGANIC:SPHALERITE] [USE_MATERIAL_TEMPLATE:STONE_TEMPLATE] [STATE_NAME_ADJ:ALL_SOLID:sphalerite][DISPLAY_COLOR:0:7:1][TILE:156] [ENVIRONMENT:METAMORPHIC:VEIN:100] [ITEM_SYMBOL:'*'] [METAL_ORE:ZINC:100] [MATERIAL_VALUE:2] [IS_STONE] [MELTING_POINT:NONE] [BOILING_POINT:12133] [SOLID_DENSITY:4050]
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