Talc (soapstone)

Talc (soapstone)

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Credit: MARK A. SCHNEIDER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Talc, sometimes called soapstone, is the softest mineral on the Mohs hardness scale. This sample is 3.5 x 1.5 cm, and is from Maryland.

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Keywords: earth science, geology, magnesium silicate, mineral, minerals, monoclinic, monoclinic crystals, phyllosilicate, rocks and minerals, silicate, silicates, soapstone, talc

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