Rocks and Minerals

  • Rocks and Minerals - Unit 2

    Important mineral shape - 
    due to internal arrangement of atoms -
    arrangement of the bonding of the atoms. 

    Silicate tetrahedron              tetrahedron shape

                                                 

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Glass_tetrahedon.png    

                                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tetrahedron.gif

    Silicate minerals contain the 
    elements Silicon (Si) and Oxygen (O)

    This strong bonding structure leads to
    the physical properties of the
    silicate minerals.

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