Short Notes on the Classification of Minerals

The wide varieties of minerals that have been explored by man for general and commercial purposes to satisfy his needs are classified in to the following groups:

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(i) Industrial metallic minerals: Iron Ore

(ii) Ferroalloy metallic minerals: Manganese, Chromium, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Vanadium, Nickel.


(iii) Precious metallic minerals: Gold (Au), Silver (Ag) and Platinum (Pt).

(iv) Non-metallic minerals: Salt, and Tin, Potash, Asbestos, and Sulphur.

(v) Power Minerals (Mineral fuels): Coal, Petroleum and Natural Gas which are non metallic minerals derived from vegetable remains

(vi) Other: Uranium

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