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The silicate minerals are the building blocks for all the rocks on Earth.    They follow a system of formation and therefore classification – and in this episode, I explain the fundamental building block (silicon tetrahedron) and how that is used to form all the different types of minerals.

For more information, see this blog post on the Silicate Minerals.

And finally – if you are new to rock and mineral collecting, or have a child who would like to learn more, check out the book I wrote…


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Silicate minerals – for non scientists

2 thoughts on “Silicate minerals – for non scientists

  • February 17, 2020 at 10:36 am

    That was a very educational podcast. Your explanation on how the atoms are bonded helped me to visualize the various structure of different rock compounds!
    I’m very new to rock hounding and understanding the science of how they are formed will hopefully help to identify and understand the rocks I find.
    Thank you!

    • February 17, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Mary. I am so glad it has been helpful.


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