Mineral Groups

Mineralogical Society of America

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This site, developed by the Mineralogical Society of America for middle and high school students, introduces the idea of mineral classification and describes the seven major chemical groups into which minerals are divided. The groups include native elements, sulfides, sulfates, silicates, carbonates, oxides and halides. Each group includes a general description, plus a listing of classes within the group that may be explored. Common minerals within the mineral classes are linked to the Mineralogical Gallery's website where an in depth description of the mineral can be found.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Carbonates, Native Elements, Island Silicates, Disilicates, Sheet Silicates, Oxides and Hydroxides, Ring Silicates, Sulfates, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Topics: Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Sulfates, Oxides and Hydroxides, Solid Earth, Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Carbonates, Native Elements, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Systematic Mineralogy:Island Silicates, Sheet Silicates, Disilicates, Ring Silicates
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy