Quartz Scientific: Unlocking the Mysteries of Quartz a Deep Dive 

As explored in ZME Science’s article “The quartz crystal — what’s so special about it?,” quartz, despite being one of the most abundant crystals in the Earth’s crust, holds a unique allure and essential applications across various industries. But what sets quartz apart?

Quartz boasts a rich history, dating back to ancient times. The philosopher Theophrastus coined the term “kristallos” in the 3rd century BC, from which we derive the word “crystal” today. Initially likened to solid ice due to its remarkable transparency, quartz’s mystique captivated minds throughout history.

Danish scientist Nicolas Steno’s 17th-century studies propelled our understanding of quartz and crystallography. He elucidated the consistent structural pattern of quartz crystals, with prism faces invariably meeting at precise 60° angles, indicating a uniform, repeating structure.

Despite its simplicity in atomic arrangement, quartz’s network of tetrahedra, comprising one Silicon atom and four Oxygen atoms, forms a resilient framework. This structure, where each oxygen atom is shared between two tetrahedra, defines quartz’s chemical composition (SiO2).

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