Physical Properties of Diatomite
Physical properties of rocks are used to identify the type of rocks and to discover more about them. There are various physical properties of Diatomite like Hardness, Grain Size, Fracture, Streak, Porosity, Luster, Strength etc which defines it. The physical properties of Diatomite rock are vital in determining its Diatomite Texture and Diatomite Uses.
Hardness and Strength of Diatomite
The physical properties of Diatomite depend on its formation. Physical properties of rocks play an important role in determining its applications in various fields. Rocks are rated on the on the Moh's Hardness Scale which rates the rocks on the scale from 1 to 10. Rocks with hardness 1-3 are soft rocks from 3-6 are medium hardness rocks and 6-10 are hard rocks. The hardness of Diatomite is 1 whereas its compressive strength is Not Available. Streak is the color of rock when it is crushed or powdered. The streak of Diatomite is white whereas its fracture is not available. Luster of Diatomite is the interaction of light with the surface of Diatomite. Luster of Diatomite is dull. Diatomite cleavage is non-existent. The specific gravity of Diatomite is 2.3-2.4. Diatomite is opaque in nature whereas its toughness is 1. You can also know all the list of rocks in Opaque Rocks, Translucent Rocks and Transparent Rocks.