Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


  • Nicholas Arndt
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1324-3


Quartz is a hard, transparent, white, or colored mineral with chemical formula SiO2 (trigonal crystal system) and the hardness 7 in the Mohs hardness scale. It is an essential component of felsic intrusive (granitoid) or volcanic (rhyolite) rocks and their metamorphic equivalents. Because of its hardness, common occurrence in the protoliths, and lack of cleavage, it is highly resistant to weathering, erosion, and transport. It is therefore the most common mineral grain in sediments and sedimentary rocks.

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Bioorganic Chemistry Sedimentary Rock Chemical Formula Common Occurrence Crystal System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maison des GéosciencesLGCA, Université J. FourierSt-Martin d’HèresFrance