Event Title

Quartz: An Extremely Abundant Mineral

Presenter Information

Casey Romeo, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

The overall aim of this project was to identify an unknown mineral using various resources and identification processes. I identified my mineral to be quartz after online research and testing its physical properties such as the streak and hardness. After identifying and further researching quartz, I found that it is one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's crust. It is a principal mineral in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and can be found in almost any environment on the surface of the earth. Furthermore, it is predominantly used in the glass and foundry industries and in watches. Quartz is composed of 2 parts silicon and 1 part oxygen (SiO2). In conclusion, since quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the crust of the earth, it is critical to continue understanding and studying quartz to capitalize the use of this mineral.

Faculty Sponsor

Herb Wilson

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Geology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1802

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Apr 30th, 2:00 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

Quartz: An Extremely Abundant Mineral

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The overall aim of this project was to identify an unknown mineral using various resources and identification processes. I identified my mineral to be quartz after online research and testing its physical properties such as the streak and hardness. After identifying and further researching quartz, I found that it is one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's crust. It is a principal mineral in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and can be found in almost any environment on the surface of the earth. Furthermore, it is predominantly used in the glass and foundry industries and in watches. Quartz is composed of 2 parts silicon and 1 part oxygen (SiO2). In conclusion, since quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the crust of the earth, it is critical to continue understanding and studying quartz to capitalize the use of this mineral.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/168