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Apr 3, 2016

In a network solid, atoms are linked throughout the volume of the solid by (predominantly) covalent rather than ionic bonds.


Quartz (the most common mineral form of silica) and diamond are classic examples of network solids. It is also possible for the same material to be both a network solid and an ionic compound; in zeolites the anions are linked covalently to form a network while the cations are discrete atomic ions like #Na^+#.