What are Silicate Minerals?
Silicate Minerals Important Rock-Forming Minerals
The silicate group of minerals make up the largest and most important class of rock-forming minerals. Understanding their structure enables geologists to identify almost all rocks on Earth. This is possible because they contain the most common minerals.
The silicates are a complex group of minerals whose basic structure includes silica. Silicon dioxide also known as quartz is the most common mineral in Earth's crust. It's a chemical compound of silicon and oxygen. Silicon is sometimes confused for silica which is silicon dioxide.