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The building blocks of rocks - a solid, inorganic substance that occurs in nature (not man-made). Has a definite chemical composition and atom structure.
The color of a mineral in its powdered form.
The way light reflects off a mineral.
The ability to scratch an object or be scratched by an object
A property where minerals break into pieces that have smooth, flat surfaces.
A property where minerals break into pieces that have uneven or curved surfaces.
Mohs Hardness Scale
A scale used to rank a mineral from 1 to 10.
A substance that does not contain matter that was once alive.
An expert in the field of geology, the study of what the Earth is made of and how it was formed.
A mineral that can be cut and polished for use in jewelry.
A round rock that contains a hollow cavity lined with crystals on the inside.
The process by which atoms form a solid and arrange themselves in an orderly, repeating pattern (6 main types)
A piece of white, hard plate (called porcelain)
A solid in which the atoms are arranged in a certain pattern that repeats over and over again
A characteristic in some minerals that is very unique; for example, fluorite is green, sulfur is yellow - not always reliable because the same mineral can come in different colors.
Two substances mixed together evenly
Substance that gets dissolved
Substance that does the dissolving
the process of dissolving
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