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Why are Halides so scarce?

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orioles808 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM via web

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Why are Halides so scarce?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Halides are a class of mineral that contains a Halogen atom (non-metal elements in Group 17) and another, electropositive atom. Halides form in nature where sediments occur, often in shale. Because of their non-metal nature and high solubility, halides are often destroyed by pressure and heat, both processes which create rock and metallic ore; the most commonly-occurring halide is Rock Salt (NaCl), or Sodium Chloride. The Chlorine atom is the Halogen, while the Sodium atom is the electropositive atom; while they form a chemical compound, they are susceptible to alteration with natural events. Water interacting with halides tends to dissolve its chemical structure, while intense heat breaks the halide apart into its component elemental atoms.


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elekzy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM (Answer #2)

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rock-forming minerals are those that are part of rocks...

igneous rocks cool from molten lava so water based minerals can't survive

metamorphic rocks has so much heat and pressure that it would destoyed halides

sedimentary its possible because they are where halides can form (near water) tho Carbonates are still more common

Silicate minerals are the most common   (answer gotten from Yahoo Answers.com)

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