What is the main mineral type that continental plates are made up of?
What is the main mineral type that continental plates are made up of?Submitted: 1496 days ago
Continental Crust (SIAL)
Forms continents and their shelves
Up to 70 km thick in mountain ranges
Age-up to 3700
Rich in silicon and Aluminium
REMEMBER: OBESE COMPUTER NERD â€“ less dense [nerd], thick [fat], older
Oceanic Crust (SIMA)
Forms deep sea [ocean] floor
Average thickness of 6 km
Age-up to 220
Rich in silicon and Magnesium
REMEMBER: Anorexic BABY â€“ dense[dumb], young, thin â€“ babies say â€˜maâ€™ for MAgnesium and siMA. Begins with the letter B â€“basaltic crust
So to answer your question in brief, it's silicon, then aluminium
It's definitely not granite!
Yes, well actually its silicon compounds, which are called silicates
are you doing the pangea project that every person i know in middle school is doing? because everybody always has the same questions as me. well mine is due tmrw & i just found the anwer to your question so i'll tell you.
Continental plates are mainly made up of granite rock and also has some aluminum and silica in it too.
Granite is not a mineral; it's a rock. A rock that is made of feldspars, which are the most common minerals in continental crust.
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