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Feb21-12, 02:50 AM
What decides that which salt will take up which crystal lattice?
Some salts have cubic lattice , some have hexagonal , some have orthorhombic - but what factor decides which crystal system the salt will take over. Most of the examples i have seen consist of cubic lattice system. Is it becasue it is the most symmetrical?
It is because it is most energetically favorable or kinetically favorable. Thermodynamics and kinetics determine crystal form.