talc the softest mineral


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Talc is known for being the softest mineral on earth. It is number 1 on the Mohs hardness scale, and can be easily scratched by a fingernail. It is not commonly seen in collections, as it is usually uninteresting and fairly common

This is a hydrous magnesium silicate mineral with a chemical composition of Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. Although the composition of talc usually stays close to this generalized formula, some substitution occurs.

Mineral Group  silicate
Composition  Mg3(Si4O10)(OH)2
dimension (cm)  10x2x2
weight (g) 119
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A form of talc known as “soapstone” is also widely known. This soft rock is easily carved and has been used to make ornamental and practical objects for thousands of years.

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Weight 119 g
Dimensions 10 x 2 x 2 cm