What determines if a mineral is a silicate?

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The presence of silicon and oxygen.
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Topaz is a good example of a silicate mineral. Quartz are nonferromagnesian
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SALTS: Gypsum (hydrous calcium sulphate) OXIDES: Magnetite (Iron oxide) Bauxite (Aluminium oxide) SULPHIDES: Sphalerite (Zinc sulphide) Galena (Lead sulphide) Bornite (Copper sulphide
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its all about how the atoms bond, with some elements filling the outer shells faster, or by the structures shape meaning it has less ability to bond. below are two www's that'll explain
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There are many examples of siliceous minerals. Silicate minerals contain silicon and oxygen. Silicate minerals are divided into major groups: nesosilicates, sorosilicates ...
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Non silicate minerals, include: hematite, pyrite, gypsum, and halite. ChaCha Away! ...
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