Physical models and computer generated 3-D models are used to represent the atomic structure of mineral crystals. This chapter explores how these models are constructed and explains the data required to build an accurate 3-D model of a mineral crystal.
Topics covered in Chapter 14 include:
• Visualizations of Crystal Structures
• Andalusite Example
• Building Computer-Based and Physical Models of Minerals and More Examples
This Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy Series is specifically designed to take full advantage of digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. Using color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams, and review questions, this series makes a challenging subject approachable. Also, each chapter in the series is available separately allowing the reader to pick and choose only those chapters they need for their specific course.