Muscovite, the most common type of mica, is used for a variety of purposes, including in paints, cosmetics, construction materials and electronics. Before humans discovered how to make glass from quartz, most glass was m... More »

Mica is a group of silicate minerals that are physically and chemically similar to one another. There are 37 known mica minerals, including biotite, lepidolite, muscovite and phlogopite. Mica minerals form in sedimentary... More »

Feldspar minerals include quartz, muscovite, orthoclase and plagioclase. They are usually light colored and igneous, which means they are formed in or around volcanoes. Feldspar minerals are the most common type of miner... More » Science Earth Science Geology

Linseed oil, also called flaxseed oil, serves a variety of purposes, including enhancing medicines to alleviate symptoms associated with various medical conditions, to soothe and soften skin, and to produce a range of ma... More » Food Food Facts

Perlite has a variety of industrial uses as an ingredient in the manufacturing of construction and masonry materials, and as a soil additive in horticultural applications. It is also used as a filtering agent in commerci... More » Science Earth Science Geology

The organic compounds known as alkanes are used primarily as fuels, but their derivatives can be found in paints, plastics, cosmetics, cleaners and pharmaceuticals. The simplest alkanes are propane, methane, butane and e... More » Science Chemistry Acids & Bases

Many people use powdered slippery elm for medicinal purposes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Traditionally, Native Americans used this herb topically to treat wounds and skin inflammation. Orally... More » Health Medications & Vitamins Vitamins & Supplements