In Covalent Bonding, an individual atom will link with a partner via a mutual exchange of electrons. This allows atoms to pack together very tightly. When millions of these partnerships combine, they build cubic structures. The atoms are so tightly packed that no other particle can find a foothold anywhere in the cube. This makes for an incredibly strong and stable structure. The diamond is the best known example of this type. Few other minerals have covalent bonding, but some, like the silicates have a type that is intermediate between covalent and ionic bonding.
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