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Mineral resource of the month: Mica

December 1, 2014

The mica mineral group includes 34 phyllosilicate minerals, all with a layered, platy texture. The mineral has been known for millennia: Mica was first mined in India about 4,000 years ago, where it was used primarily in medicines. The Mayans used it for decorative effect in stucco to make their temples sparkle in the sun. Today it is used in everything from electrical products to makeup.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2014
Title Mineral resource of the month: Mica
Authors Jason C. Willett
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth
Index ID 70186700
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center

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