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Florida has more than 14 million ha of acidic soils and most of these acidic soils are very sandy. Transport of phosphorus from these soils to surface water is a great concern in Florida. One of the promising approaches is to develop slow release P fertilizers to replace the regular water soluble fertilizers.
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David Mogk, Montana State University
by Anne E. Egger, Ph.D.
Mineral Identification The Beauty of Nature
Cleavage & Fracture Along with determining the hardness, the bonding and molecular structure of a given mineral will also determine the manner in which a mineral breaks.
In the field of mineralogy , fracture is the shape and texture of the surface formed when a mineral is fractured .
Cleavage , in mineralogy , is the tendency of crystalline materials to split along definite crystallographic structural planes. These planes of relative weakness are a result of the regular locations of atoms and ions in the crystal, which create smooth repeating surfaces that are visible both in the microscope and to the naked eye. [ 1 ]
Planes with different Miller indices in cubic crystals
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In mineralogy and crystallography , crystal structure is a unique arrangement of atoms or molecules in a crystalline liquid or solid . [ 1 ] A crystal structure is composed of a pattern, a set of atoms arranged in a particular way, and a lattice exhibiting long-range order and symmetry.
Introduction to Crystallography and Mineral Crystal Systems by Mike and Darcy Howard Part 1: Introduction Crystallography is a fascinating division of the entire study of mineralogy.