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The word quartz is a noun.  Quartz means (1) a hard glossy mineral consisting of silicon dioxide in crystal form; present in most rocks (especially sandstone and granite); yellow sand is quartz with iron oxide impurities, (2) colorless glass made of almost pure silica.
The following articles and web pages elaborate on the word quartz.
  • Quartz Counter Tops
    Quartz countertops are made from engineered stone and are a popular choice for the kitchen. They provide more color choices than granite and are easier to maintain.
  • Atomic Clocks
    Atomic clocks keep time by means of quartz crystals and periodic radio-controlled synchronization with the NIST atomic clock. Visitors to this website will find comparisons of radio-controlled clocks and watches.
  • Wall Clocks
    A wall clock can serve as a stylish wall decoration in addition to telling time. Modern wall clocks use quartz movements run by battery power, while traditional wall clocks may rely on weights and pendulums.
The following articles provide recent quartz-related news.
  • Meteorite strikes may create unexpected form of silica
    New research examining the crystal structure of the silica mineral quartz under shock compression is challenging longstanding assumptions about this ubiquitous material.
    Science Daily.  Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 15:13:06 EDT.
  • Desert Moss Beats Heat By Growing Under Quartz Crystals
    Researchers find the translucent rocks keep the moss moist while letting just enough light pass through its milky interior
    Smithsonian.  Friday, 21 Aug 2020 16:32:44 +0000.
  • This Moss Uses Quartz as a Parasol
    In the Mojave Desert, a translucent crystal offers bryophytes much-needed respite from the heat of the sun.
    Sabrina Imbler.  New York Times.  Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020 16:55:55 +0000.
The following digital image illustrates the word quartz.
Quartz Crystals on a Black Background
Quartz Crystals on a Black Background

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