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Octahedra placed side by side with matching tetrahedra (represented here by the voids among the octahedra) form a space-filling configuration, which may be used to explain the arrangement of atoms in various minerals. The octahedra can be shifted relative to each other while maintaining facial contact.
Contributed by: Sándor Kabai (November 2013)
With further contributions by: Szaniszló Bérczi
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Published: November 4 2013