How are scoria and zeolite different?

3 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    completely unrelated things.  zeolites are minerals having a particular composition and form.  Scoria is volcanic rock with a lot of space from gas bubbles.

  • Ron
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Scoria is vesicular basalt and is a volcanic rock.  It is often glassy, but is typically comprised of microscopic mineral crystals (mostly plagioclase, amphiboles, pyroxenes, oxides, etc.).  It may contain glass fragments as well.

    Zeolites are secondary minerals that are often found within the vesicles of basalt, or as a drusy coating, but occur in other rocks as well.  They grow in groundwater that is enriched in silica and various ions such as K, Na, Ca.  The groundwater that supports the crystallization of zeolites is often flowing through basalt which readily weathers and releases the ions.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Zeolite is a mineral. Scoria is NOT a mineral. Scoria is rock, highly vehicular glass. Glass is not a mineral. Technically, glass is a highly vicious liquid. It doesn't have an atomic lattice like minerals. Scoria can be either basaltic or silicic. Silicic lavas and magmas have higher viscosities than basaltic lava. That's why silicic cinder cones and volcanoes are more explosive  

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