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A group of silicate minerals characterized by independent SiO4 tetrahedra with no shared oxygens. The structure is held together by bonding with interstitial cations. The group includes olivine, garnet, sphene, zircon, staurolite, chloritoid, topaz, chondrodite, and the Al2SiO5 polymorphs.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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