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How are silicate minerals different from nonsilicate minerals?

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September 18, 2009 11:43PM

Silicates are found in just about every variety of rock, including sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. The thing that differentiates silicates from other minerals is the presence of the element silicon in the matrix. It is silicon that silicate minerals are named for. Use link below to check out this huge family of minerals.