Lab 3: Silicate Minerals
|Recommended additional work||Yes – review concepts from Labs 1, 2 and 3 in preparation for Test 1|
|Required materials||Mineral ID kit, Mineral Kits 1 and 2, pencil|
After carefully reading this section, completing the exercises within it, and answering the questions at the end, you should be able to:
- Describe a silica tetrahedron and the ways in which tetrahedra combine to make silicate minerals.
- Differentiate between ferromagnesian and other silicate minerals.
- Identify and describe the physical properties of a range of silicate minerals in hand sample, and how these properties are used to identify minerals.