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Mineral resource of the month: mica

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Humans have been using mica for millennia. Mica was first mined in India about 4,000 years ago, where it was used primarily in medicines, and some Hindu physicians still incorporate biotite mica into medicines today. Early civilizations also used mica for decorations, as windows and as surfaces on which to draw or paint. Maya temples were decorated with mica pigments, which were incorporated into the stucco to make it sparkle in the sun. In North America, ancient inhabitants adorned gravesites and burial mounds with animal figures made of mica.

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Title:
Mineral resource of the month: mica
Series title:
Geotimes
Volume
53
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
AGI
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
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