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Why is granite a silicate?


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Granite is a silicate because it contains 70-77% silica (SiO2). Granite is a rock, and silica is mineral containing the chemical elements silicon (Si) and oxygen (O). Si and O chemically combine to form SiO2. Rocks are made up of minerals, which are made up of chemical elements. Because silicon and oxygen are the two most common chemical elements in the Earth's crust, silicate rocks are very common.