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As a scientist with a background in trace metals analysis for environmental and human health purposes, minerals are of great interest to me. In human health terms, certain minerals are essential for good health but too much or too little can be dangerous; others play no beneficial role in health.
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Guide to Minerals

The chemical definition of a mineral is still subject to some debate, but everybody agrees that (in its pure form) a mineral has a fixed ratio of its constituelent elements (its stoichiometry) and that most minerals are crystaline. Minerals are formed by geological processes and are the forms of ores dug out of the ground for industrial exploitation (following processing). Since minerals can have more than one distinct phase (inclusions), they are not chemically pure in nature as some definitions would have you believe. Mineral exploitation is incredibly important in our modern world as it provides essential components for a vast range of products from micro-electronics to bridges. Some minerals (or more accurately the major cations they are composed of) are essential for human life. This guide brings together the most popular articles published on BrightHub on the subject of minerals.

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Latest Articles on Minerals
If It Can’t Be Grown, it's Gotta be Mined

Minerals are all around us and make up components in many every day objects. Learn where minerals like vanadium, beryllium and aquamarine come from and how they're used....

All About Chemical Weathering

Chemical weathering occurs when rocks which formed deep underground are exposed to environmental conditions at the Earth's surface. Chemical reactions occur to bring them back into...

Rocks Vs Minerals: Same or Different?

Rocks and minerals are some of the most fascinating and valuable resources known to man. We will examine what they are a little more closely as well as look at some fun facts about...

How Igneous Rocks Form: Bowen's Reaction Series

The type of igneous rock you end up with depends on the percentage of silicon in the original magma. Bowen's reaction series explains how that works....

Most Popular Articles on Minerals
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    If It Can’t Be Grown, it's Gotta be Mined

    Minerals are all around us and make up components in many every day objects. Learn where minerals like vanadium, beryllium and aquamarine come from and how they're used....

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    Rocks Vs Minerals: Same or Different?

    Rocks and minerals are some of the most fascinating and valuable resources known to man. We will examine what they are a little more closely as well as look at some fun facts about them....

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    All About Chemical Weathering

    Chemical weathering occurs when rocks which formed deep underground are exposed to environmental conditions at the Earth's surface. Chemical reactions occur to bring them back into equilibrium with...

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    How Igneous Rocks Form: Bowen's Reaction Series

    The type of igneous rock you end up with depends on the percentage of silicon in the original magma. Bowen's reaction series explains how that works....

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    Two Ways in Which Fossils Form: Permineralization and Amber

    What are two different ways that fossils form? Two examples are amber formation and permineralization. Insects trapped in amber are amazing fossils because a whole organism is trapped within the amber...

More About Minerals
Graves Mountain Geology

Graves Mountain geology is interesting as a variety of different minerals are found here. These minerals were formed due to heat and pressure on the land mass during the continental...

Two Ways in Which Fossils Form: Permineralization and Amber

What are two different ways that fossils form? Two examples are amber formation and permineralization. Insects trapped in amber are amazing fossils because a whole organism is trapped...