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Alpha Quartz

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Choose one of the options below, based on which program you want to view the structure with.

For viewing with the demo version of CrystalMaker (more info) ,
Download the quartz structure as Alpha Quartz ( 16kB Jun8 07) and use CrystalMaker for viewing.
For viewing with the commercial version of CrystalMaker (more info) ,
Open the Crystal Structures Library on the CrystalMaker disc, and click on Minerals > Silicates > Tectosilicates > Silica Polymorphs > Quartz (alpha)@298K.

For viewing with XtalDraw (more info) ,
Click on the QUARTZ file in the XtalDraw folder.
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Go to Crystal Structures (more info) and choose "Quartz lattice (at low temperature)", which is listed under "Some common non-cubic lattices". This resource is currently off-line. Please check back at a later date.


  1. What is the coordination number of Si?
  2. 4
  3. Compare the structures of diamond and quartz. Are there similarities?
  4. Describe how the Si tetrahedra are joined in this structure.