Minerals and Their Chemical Classification

  • Swapna Mukherjee


A mineral, by definition, is any naturally (not man-made) occurring inorganic (not a result of life plant or animal) substance. Its chemical structure can be exact, or can vary. All minerals belong to a chemical group, which represents their affiliation with certain elements or compounds. The science of mineralogy has spanned over several decades owing to its importance in various aspects. Knowledge of minerals of variable sources becomes essential for its application in metallurgy, gem-industry etc.


Calcium Carbonate Carbonaceous Chondrite Iron Meteorite Chemical Classification Iron Carbide 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Further Reading

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    Blackburn, W.H. and W.H. Dennen. Principles of Mineralogy, 2nd ed. William C. Brown, Dubuque, IA. 1994.Google Scholar
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    Deer, W.A., R.A. Howie and J. Zussman. Rock Forming Minerals. 5 vols. John Wiley and Sons, New York. 1962.Google Scholar
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    Klein, C. and C.S. Hurlbut, Jr. Manual of Mineralogy, 21st ed. John Wiley and Sons, New York. 1993.Google Scholar
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    Skinner, H.C.W. Biominerals. Mineralogical Magazine, October 2005, 69(5): 621641.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Wenk, Hans-Rudolf and Andrei Bulakh. Minerals. Cambridge University Press, 2006.Google Scholar
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    Internet Data Retrieved from:Google Scholar
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    Biomineralization. Session lectures. J Biol Inorg Chem (2007) 12 (Suppl 1): S207- S209.Google Scholar
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    Meteorite Minerals. from The Meteorite Market.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Swapna Mukherjee
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  1. 1.Geological Survey of IndiaKolkataIndia

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