Quartz, the hard crystalline mineral, makes up 12% of the Earth’s crust, This rock star mineral plays a major role in scientific research, jewelry and manufacturing. But quartz doesn’t stop there. Some rare varieties of quartz are quite valuable while other forms of the mineral are almost as cheap as dirt. And that is just part of its magic. The chemist’s call silicon dioxide and the common folks call it silica sand.
There’s not much need for broken things in today’s quest for disposal everything, but that’s not the way nature works. Broken down quartz crystals, thanks to the work of the wind and water, turn themselves into one of the most useful products in the world. Silica or silicon dioxide contains tiny granules of quartz, and these little babies make their home in most of the non-tropical parts of the world. Quartz, the magic mineral, has many faces, and each face has something positive to say in their world of wonder.