Zircon

Chemical Formula

ZrSiO4

Chemical Class

Silicates

Properties

Up to 4% of hafnium is frequently found, replacing zircon. Commonly radioactive, as it contains uranium and thorium impurities. It can present an adamantine gloss.

Origin

Peixe, TO.

Curiosities

It is studied strictly for its dating potential, through decay analysis of its radioactive elements.

Use

Due to its high melting point, it is widely used in industry, as cast mold coating, or in block and brick manufacturing.

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