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The building block of silicate minerals is called the _____. A) silicon-oxygen tetrahedron. B) aluminum-oxygen tetrahedron. C) silicon-oxygen triangle. D) silicon-aluminum triangle. .

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Tara Andrews on April 1, 2018

The building block of silicate minerals is called the silicon - oxygen tetrahedron (this is the option to). This silicate ion is If O4 (4-); it consists of an atom, which is located in the center of a tetrahedron surrounded by 4 O atoms, located at the vertices of the tetrahedron. Since the SiO4 (4-) ions have a negative charge of 4, which bind to four metal cations, each with 1 positive charge.


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