Abrasive tools+useful links included.

The industry needs more and better abrasive tools. To meet this need, science made it possible to create a perfect replicas of natural minerals. This is whort the list of mineral abrasives with links to articles with more information. 

Mineral abrasives today contain natural or artificial material. Scientists started to produce artificial minerals from the middle of 20th century. The first products were not satisfactory in quality, but today synthetic minerals are no worse or even better than artificial because the lack of imperfections. Early synthetic mineral production was, besides, very expensive, but by modern technology they are becoming cheaper and more prevalent .
1. Natural abrasives , which briefly can be divided into several types :

Calcite (calcium carbonate)
http://www.galleries.com/calcite
http://www.mindat.org/min-859.html
http://geology.com/minerals/calcite.shtml

Corundum / natural /
http://www.eos.ubc.ca/courses/Dist-Ed/eosc118-webpromo/01-modB-les17-webpromo.html
http://www.mineralszone.com/minerals/corundum.html
http://geology.com/minerals/corundum.shtml

Diamond /natural/

Industrial Diamonds

Jewelry Diamonds 

Pumice

Sand/Quartz

Sandpaper

2. Some artificial abrasive minerals:

Borazon (or cubic boron nitride CBN)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borazon
http://biotsavart.tripod.com/bci.htm
http://www.winstonbrill.com/bril001/html/article_index/articles/51-100/article61_body.html

Corundum (aluminum oxide of alumina)
http://www.minerals.net/mineral/corundum.aspx
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0N4JYN9lFI

Diamond /synthetic/

Silicon carbide (carborundum)

Zirconium oxide (alumina)

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