Nomenclature and Classification - Melinda Darby Dyar, Mickey E. Gunter & Dennis Tasa

Nomenclature and Classification

By Melinda Darby Dyar, Mickey E. Gunter & Dennis Tasa

  • Release Date: 2014-05-19
  • Genre: Earth Sciences


The basic taxonomy for mineral classification was presented in Chapter 2. In this chapter we will examine systems of classification of minerals using this terminology. Several common classification schemes are examined including: The Dana numbering system, the Strunz classification scheme, and a structural classification system.
Topics covered in Chapter 21 include:
• Mineral Classification
• The Dana System of Mineralogy
• Strunz Classification
• Structure Classification
• AX Compounds
• A2X Compounds
• AX2 Compounds
• AX3 Compounds
• A2X3 Compounds
• ABX3 Compounds
• ABX4 Compounds
• AB2X4 Compounds
• Other Compounds
• Silicates and the SiO4–4 Tetrahedron

This Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy Series is specifically designed to take full advantage of digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. Using color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams, and review questions, this series makes a challenging subject approachable. Also, each chapter in the series is available separately allowing the reader to pick and choose only those chapters they need for their specific course.