Minerals


Silicates Earth Materials Outline

Minerals may be subdivided into two majors groups:

  • SILICATES
  • NON-SILICATES

    Silicates are by far the most abundant mineral group accounting for more than 90% of the Earth's crust. Silicates are the major rock-forming minerals. It follows that oxygen and silicon are the most abundant elements in the crust.


    Silicates Earth Materials Outline
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