Oxygen "… is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and silicon is the second; thus we’d expect many minerals to contain these two. In this chapter, we will summarize the commonly-occurring members of some of [the mineral] classes, touching only on what we consider to be the most important and/or interesting representatives. Our goal here is to continue the theme of Chapter 1 by demonstrating how all the silicate structures are related." The silicate mineral classes are examined using 3D models that can be viewed from any orientation allowing you to study the crystal structure of the minerals.
Topics covered in Chapter 6 include:
• Framework Silicates
• Layer Silicates
• Chain Silicates: Amphiboles and Pyroxenes
• Ring Silicates
The Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy Series is specifically designed to take full advantage of digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. Using color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams, and review questions, this series makes a challenging subject approachable. Also, each chapter in the series is available separately allowing the reader to pick and choose only those chapters they need for their specific course.