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An introduction to Minerals

As shown in this picture, rocks are composed of minerals, which in turn are composed of individual molecules and atoms. An example of a mineral is quartz. An example of a molecule is silicon. A common rock made of three minerals combined; quartz, feldspar, and pyroxene, is granite.

Minerals form the building blocks of rocks. Common minerals which form those building blocks are pyroxene, feldspar, and quartz. These minerals can form individual rocks by themselves. It is more likely that they will combine to form a new rock.

Common individual molecules and atoms which form the building blocks of minerals are oxygen, silicon, carbon dioxide, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, iron, and sulfur.


This image shows a type of igneous rock called granite.
Click on image for full size version (92K JPG)
Image from: C. Alexander

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An introduction to Minerals

As shown in this picture, rocks are composed of minerals, which in turn are composed of individual molecules and atoms. An example of a mineral is quartz. An example of a molecule is silicon. A common rock made of three minerals combined; quartz, feldspar, and pyroxene, is granite.

Minerals form the building blocks of rocks. Common minerals which form those building blocks are pyroxene, feldspar, and quartz. These minerals can form individual rocks by themselves. It is more likely that they will combine to form a new rock.

Common individual molecules and atoms which form the building blocks of minerals are oxygen, silicon, carbon dioxide, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, iron, and sulfur.


This image shows a type of igneous rock called granite.
Click on image for full size version (92K JPG)
Image from: C. Alexander

Go to a listing of Rocks


An introduction to Minerals

As shown in this picture, rocks are composed of minerals, which in turn are composed of individual molecules and atoms. An example of a mineral is quartz. An example of a molecule is silicon. A common rock made of three minerals combined; quartz, feldspar, and pyroxene, is granite.

Minerals form the building blocks of rocks. Common minerals which form those building blocks are pyroxene, feldspar, and quartz. These minerals can form individual rocks by themselves. It is more likely that they will combine to form a new rock.

Common individual molecules and atoms which form the building blocks of minerals are oxygen, silicon, carbon dioxide, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, iron, and sulfur.


This image shows a type of igneous rock called granite.
Click on image for full size version (92K JPG)
Image from: C. Alexander

Go to a listing of Rocks



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