5 Minerals Characteristics

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5 Minerals Characteristics

Definite Cemical Composition- Always contains certain elements in the same amount

Solid- Has a definite shape and volume

Naturally Occurring- A substance must be formed by processes in the natural world

Inorganic- The mineral can't form from material that were once part of a living thing

Crystal Structure- A mineral line up in a pattern that repeats over and over again

5 Mineral Characteristics

8 Characteristics

Special Properties- Helps identifiy minerals by special physical properties

Cleavage- A mineral that splits easily along flat surfaceFracture- Describes how a mineral looks when it breaks apart in an irregular way

Hardness- Measured by the resistance which a smooth surface offers to abrasion

Color- The color of the powdery residue of a mineral left behind

Streak- The color of a crushed mineral's powder

Luster- The appearance of a mineral surface judged by its brilliance and ability to reflect light

Crystal System- The crystal of each mineral grow atom by atom

Densitiy- Densitiy=Mass/volume

Mineral- A naturally occurring, inorganic solid that has a crystal structure and a definite chemical composition


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