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Naturally occurring inorganic solid that has a definite chemical composition and an orderly internal atomic structure.
Atoms are arranged in a repeating pattern.
Atoms are arranged in an ORDERLY, repeating pattern.
Describes a mineral that contains silicon and oxygen and usually one or more other elements.
Measure of how easily a mineral can be scratched.
Describes the way a mineral reflects light from its surface; can be metallic or non-metallic.
Ratio of a mineral's weight compared with the weight of an equal volume of water.
Color of a mineral when it is in powdered form.
Physical property of some minerals that causes them to break along smooth, flat surfaces.
Physical property of some minerals that causes them to break with uneven, rough, or jagged surfaces.
Beautiful, rare, highly prized mineral that can be worn in jewelry.
Deposit in which a mineral exists in large enough amounts to be mined at a profit.
Metallic elements that dissolve in fluids, rest in cracks of rocks and form deposits.
The device used to determine hardness of a mineral.
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