Sat April 05, 2014 By: Niharika

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Mon April 07, 2014

Crystal twinning occurs when two separate crystals share some of the samecrystal lattice points in a symmetrical manner. The result is an intergrowth of two separate crystals in a variety of specific configurations. A twin boundary orcomposition surface separates the two crystals. Crystallographers classify twinned crystals by a number of twin laws. These twin laws are specific to the crystal system. The type of twinning can be a diagnostic tool in mineral identification.

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