Barton, Mark D. Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Principal minerals
- Crystal structures
- Geological occurrence
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Minerals containing beryllium as an essential component. Over 50 beryllium minerals have been identified, even though beryllium is a scarce element in the Earth's crust. The unusual combination of low charge (+2) and small ionic radius (0.035 nanometer) of the beryllium ion accounts for this diverse group of minerals and their occurrence in many natural environments. See also: Beryllium
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