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Mineral

a naturally occurring, inorganic, solid with a definite chemical composition and an orderly arrangement of atoms

Halite

Salt formed by the natural evaporation of water

crystalline

describes atoms arranged in a pattern over and over

crystal

a solid in which the atoms are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern

Magma

melted rock that forms crystals

water

the part of a solution that evaporates, leaving a mineral

evaporation

the process, in a dry climate, where the solution leaves the mineral

eight

the amount of common in the earth's crust

silicates

the group of rocks forming minerals that contain silicon and oxygen

Silicon and Oxygen

the two most abundant elements in the earth's crust

What are the four characteristics of a mineral?

Minerals are natural, inorganic, an element or compound, and a crystalline solid

What are the eight most common elements in the earth's crust in order?

Oxygen (O), Silicon (Si), Aluminum (Al), Iron (Fe), Calcium (Ca), Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Magnesium (Mg)

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