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Minerals

Minerals

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Minerals
 
What is a Mineral?
A mineral is
inorganic 
.Minerals are naturally occurring.Minerals are
solids 
.Minerals have a
crystal 
 structure.Minerals have a definitechemical composition.
 
How do we Identify Minerals?
Color Streak 
- the color of its powder.
Luster 
- how it reflects light.
Density 
- mass/ volume
Hardness 
- Mohs hardness scale- ranks 10minerals from softest to hardest. Hardness isdetermined by a scratch test.
Crystal 
 
structure Cleavage and fracture 
- the way a mineralbreaks apart.

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