What is the texture of the element silicon?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    From personal experience: It is black (opaque) and has a metallic luster (it is shiny). It is quite hard as might be expected for a diamond-type lattice, and looks metallic. People often confuse it with silica SiO2: glass, sand, quartz.

    From Wikipedia (which you could have looked up):

    "In its crystalline form, pure silicon has a gray color and a metallic luster. It is similar to glass in that it is rather strong, very brittle, and prone to chipping." In the pic there it looks black to me!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon

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