Minerals By Class



Minerals can be organized, mainly according to their chemistry, into the following classes:

CLASSConsisting of:
CarbonatesThe Carbonates, the Nitrates and the Borates
ElementsThe Metals and their alloys and the Nonmetals
Halides The Fluorides, the Chlorides and the Iodides
Oxides The Oxides and the Hydroxides
Phosphates The Phosphates, the Arsenates, the Vanadates and the Antimonates
Silicates The Silicates (the largest class)
SulfatesThe Sulfates, the Sulfites, the Chromates, the Molybdates, the Selenates, the Selenites, the Tellurates, the Tellurites and the Tungstates (or the Wolframates)
SulfidesThe Sulfides, the Selenides, the Tellurides, the Arsenides, the Antimonides, the Bismuthinides and the Sulfosalts

In addition to the (official) chemistry-based classes, we describe:

MineraloidsThe "Minerals" that lack crystal structure!
Organics The "Minerals" composed of organic chemicals!
Gemstones The "Mineral Varieties" often described as minerals even though they are only varieties of recognized minerals!
Classes of Minerals
CARBONATES
ELEMENTS
GEMSTONES
HALIDES
MINERALOIDS
OXIDES
PHOSPHATES
SILICATES
SULFATES
SULFIDES
 

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