Mineral resource of the month: Mica

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Abstract

The mica mineral group includes 34 phyllosilicate minerals, all with a layered, platy texture. The mineral has been known for millennia: Mica was first mined in India about 4,000 years ago, where it was used primarily in medicines. The Mayans used it for decorative effect in stucco to make their temples sparkle in the sun. Today it is used in everything from electrical products to makeup.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Mineral resource of the month: Mica
Series title Earth
Volume December 2014
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher AGI
Contributing office(s) National Minerals Information Center
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