Names the non-metallic mineral which can split easily into thin sheets. Mention its uses.
Mica is the non-metallic mineral which can be split easily into thin sheets.
Uses of Mica are as follows
(i) Mica is used in paints as a pigment extender and also helps to brighten the tone of coloured pigments.
(ii) It is used in electrical and electronics industry due to its di-electric strength, insulating properties and resistance to high voltage.
(iii) Its shiny and glittery appearance makes it ultimate for toothpaste and cosmetics.