Ice is a Mineral?

watercutholeinice

A mineral is a naturally occurring solid, with a definable chemical composition, a crystalline structure, is formed by geologic processes, and is inorganic.  Ice satisfies this definition and is thus a mineral!  Glaciers, and the layers within them, serve as analogies to metamorphic rock rheology (deformation and flow studies).

I’ve been told that there are pebbles of ice in the sands of Mars.  Crazy!

Advertisements

2 responses to “Ice is a Mineral?

    • Excellent point, some of the materials that can be produced through biological processes (apatite mineral in tooth enamel and calcite mineral in shells) can also be produced through geologic processes (precipitation out of solution). I’ve been told that the strongest form of apatite contains flouride, which is why we use a flouride mouth wash as kids to support our tooth enamel.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s