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This chapter explores all the silicate mineral groups by starting with the framework silicates in which silicate tetrahedra share all four corners, and then working through the standard classification schemes to the orthosilicates with isolated silicate tetrahedra. Along the way, common mineral groups and sub-groups are examined.
Topics covered in Chapter 22 include: Sliica Polymorphs Feldspars Feldspathoids Zeolites Layer Silicates Polymorphism Amphiboles Swimming Octahedra Chains with Side Branches or Loops Pyroxenes Other Single-Chain Silicates Ring Silicates Disilicates Orthosilicates Borosilicates and Beryllosilicates