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Minerals

Metasomatism

Metasomatism is a metamorphic process in which a rock or part of a rock, while remaining in a solid state, is pervasively altered by the introduction or removal of chemical components as a result of its interaction with aqueous fluids (solutions). The term is derived from the Greek μετά (meta = beyond, beyond) and σώματος […]

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Mineral

Minerals (from Medieval Latin “minerale”, derived from Old French minière, “mine”) are inorganic, naturally occurring bodies characterized by high atomic-scale ordering and a chemical composition that is either well-defined (but not fixed) or variable over a narrow range; they make up the earth’s crust and other celestial bodies. They are all solid (except for native mercury).

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