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Heat and Chemical Resistant Silicone Rubber

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  • This is the story of chemical transition from the common silicate minerals and rocks of the earth to the uncommon chemical compounds of silicon and carbon.

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    Figure 1. Image used with permission (CC-By-SA-3.0; Benjah-b7).

    We begin with silicates, the form in which we find almost all silicon, the second-most prevalent element in the earth's crust.