Covalent Bonding

Covalent bonding is described as a sharing of electrons. It is the strongest of the chemical bonds.

Covalent-bonded minerals are characterized by:

  • insolubility
  • great stability
  • very high melting and boiling points

Nonconductors of electricity, the bond is highly directional and the symmetry of the resulting crystal is likely to be lower than where ionic bonding occurs.