Flashcards in Mineral Families Deck (12)
Scientists need to organize things into groups and ______ so we can study them more easily
Minerals are grouped into families based on...
chemical composition - what atoms and molecules they are made of
The four largest families, in order of size are..
Silicate minerals contain ______ and ______, the two most common elements in the Earth's continental crust.
Four examples of Silicate minerals are...
- Olivine (( MgFe)2SiO4) - august birthstone
- quartz SiO2
The second most abundant minerals family is...
What is the oxide ion?
The carbonate minerals contain the _______ ion
CO3 is the...
What is the sulfate ion?
Sulfate minerals contain the _____ ion