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The various types of silicate structures are shown diagrammatically in figure 9.9
and are discussed next. SIQ SiQ Si2cy Si207" Figure 9.8 Two single tetrahedrons
(A and B) require more positively charged ions to maintain electrical neutrality ...
Isolated silicate structure A Example Olivine Single chain structure Double chain
structure Sheet silicate structure Framework silicate structure Figure 9.9 Common
silicate structures. Pyroxene group Amphibole group Mica group Clay group ...
The clay mineral group is composed of sheet silicates. Clays are abundant on the
earth's surface and in sedimentary rocks but make up only a minor percentage of
the crust as a whole. Nonsilicate minerals include native elements, which are ...
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