Definite Chemical Composition
Mineral always contains same material and is made of either an element or a compound
Not alive or made from the remains of any living things
Made in the natural world - not made by humans.
Particles line up in a repeating pattern.
Has a definite volume and shape.
Easily observed simply by looking at the mineral
The color of a mineral in powdered form
How light is reflected from a mineral's surface - how shiny a mineral is.
The amount of mass in a given space.
A measure of a mineral's resistance to being scratched
The shape and pattern that the particles of a mineral have
When a mineral breaks along clean planes
When a mineral breaks unevenly and jagged
Properties that only some minerals have, such as magnetism or fluorescence