Rock Forming Minerals


Rock forming minerals are very common.

They are the vast majority of minerals, which are not ore minerals or gemstones.





Some of them are still quarried and have important uses in industry. Quartz, calcite, aragonite, strontianite, ankerite, dolomite, barite, witherite, olivine, biotite, muscovite, riebeckite, enstatite, hornblende, aegerine, and sanidine are found in all rocks.

Petalite, cryolite, euclase, zinnwaldite, lepidolite, eudialyte, sodalite, nepheline, analcime, leucite, nosean, haüyne, mesorite, natrolite, phillipsite, chabazite, stilbite, heulandite, prehnite, apophyllite, laumontite, harmotome, tremolite, okenite, and cavansite are found in igneous rocks.

 rock forming minerals


Alunite, montmorillionite, illite, kaolinite, halite, chamosite, glauconite, gypsum, glauberite, sylvite, colemanite, borax, and anhydrite are found in sedimentary rocks.

Glaucophane, clinochlore, talc, piemontite, anthophyllite, magnesite, brucite, serpentine, clinozoisite, andalusite, benitoite, uvarovite, chloritoid, sillimanite, staurolite, vesuvianite, axinite, wollastonite, scapolite and graphite are found in metamorphic rocks.













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