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2008-09-18 10:50:00

Materials deep inside Earth have unexpected atomic properties that might force earth scientists to revise their models of Earth's internal processes, a team of researchers has discovered. The researchers recreated in the lab the materials, crushing pressures and infernal temperatures they believe exist in the lowermost mantle, nearly 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) below Earth's surface. They report in the journal Nature Geoscience the materials exhibit rare and unexpected atomic properties...

2008-09-01 09:00:15

DOMINION Virginia Power could have balked at the idea that it should pay for some of the consequences of Chesapeake's boneheaded decision in 2001 to build a golf course with fly ash. Fortunately, the company has declared that it would pay the costs of extending city water to homes near the golf course, placing a down payment of several million dollars on a solution to the mess. In agreeing to pay as much as $6 million to extend water lines, Dominion did not admit that the fly ash it said...

2008-07-07 12:00:36

Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Barretts Minerals Inc. has decided to increase prices for Barretts, Montana, talc by 8 percent to 10 percent depending on product. This increase will be effective August 1, or as permitted by contract. The price adjustments for talc products are necessary due to continuous cost increases in energy and fuel necessary to operate the Barretts, Montana, facility that mines, processes, packages and...

2008-05-14 03:00:23

By Lupulescu, Marian Readers may wonder why we need an article about amphiboles in this publication. There are considerable concerns about this topic, and I want to comment briefly about two of them. With some exceptions, many mineral lovers consider the amphibole-group minerals not spectacular enough to be collected and displayed; indeed, they believe these dark minerals are significant only for professional mineralogists who like to classify them in groups and species or for the...

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2007-10-02 18:12:22

Minerals act as oxygen reservoirs, stopping the earth from becoming a barren planet   If our planet did not have the ability to store oxygen in the deep reaches of its mantle there would probably be no life on its surface. This is the conclusion reached by scientists at the University of Bonn who have subjected the mineral majorite to close laboratory examination. Majorite normally occurs only at a depth of several hundred kilometres - under very high pressures and temperatures....


Latest Silicate minerals Reference Libraries

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2005-05-26 12:19:41

Amphibole defines an important group of dark-colored rock-forming inosilicate minerals composed of double chain SiO4 tetrahedra linked at the vertices and generally containing ions of iron and/ or magnesium in their structures. In chemical composition and general characteristics they are very similar to the pyroxenes and, like them, fall into three series according to their system of crystallization. The chief difference between amphiboles and pyroxenes is in cleavage: amphiboles form oblique...

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2005-05-26 12:13:03

Augite is a mafic mineral described chemically as (Ca, Na)(Mg, Fe, Al)(Al, Si)2O6 or calcium sodium magnesium iron aluminium silicate. Structurally, it is a solid solution of the pyroxene group which also contains diopside and hedenbergite. The crystals are monoclinic and prismatic. It is found in igneous rocks such as gabbros and basalts, and in metamorphic rocks from hydrothermal vents. Occasional specimens have a shiny appearance that give rise to the mineral's name, which is from the...

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2005-05-26 11:03:19

Dioptase is an intense emerald-green to bluish-green copper cyclosilicate mineral. It is transparent to translucent. Its luster is vitreous to sub-adamantine. Its formula is CuSiO3·H2O (also reported as: CuSiO2(OH)2). It has a hardness of 5, the same as tooth enamel. It specific gravity is 3.28 - 3.35, and it has two perfect and one very good cleavage directions. Additionally, dioptase is very fragile and specimens must be handled with great care. It is a trigonal mineral, forming 6-sided...

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2005-05-26 10:58:09

The Garnet group of minerals show crystals with a habit of dodecahedrons and trapezohedrons. They are nesosilicates with the same general formula, A3B2(SiO4)3. The chemical elements in garnet include calcium, magnesium, aluminium, iron2+, iron3+, chromium, manganese, and titanium. Garnets show no cleavage and a dodecahedral parting. Fracture is conchoidal to uneven; some varieties are very tough and are valuable for abrasive purposes. Hardness is 6.5 - 7.5, specific gravity is 3.1 - 4.3,...

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2005-05-26 09:42:14

Kaolinite is a mineral with the chemical composition Al2Si2O5(OH)4. It is a layered silicate mineral, with one tetrahedral sheet linked through oxygen molecules to one octahedral sheet of alumina octahedra. It is also known as china clay and kaolin (高嶺土 in pinyin: gao1 ling3 tu3), named after Gaoling ("High Hill"), Jingde Town, Jiangxi, China. It is a soft, earthy, usually white mineral (dioctahedral phyllosilicate clay), produced by the chemical weathering of feldspar. In...

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