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Mineral resource of the month: cultured quartz crystal

January 1, 2008

The article presents information on cultured quartz crystals, a mineral used in mobile phones, computers, clocks and other devices controlled by digital circuits. Cultured quartz, which is synthetically produced in large pressurized vessels known as autoclaves, is useful in electronic circuits for precise filtration, frequency control and timing for consumer and military use. Several ingredients are used in producing cultured quartz, including seed crystals, lascas, a solution of sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate, lithium salts and deionized water.

Publication Year 2008
Title Mineral resource of the month: cultured quartz crystal
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth
Index ID 70045922
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center