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a naturally occurring inorganic solid with a distinct chemical composition and
the property of a mineral that describes the quality or appearance of light reflected
from its surface
the property of a mineral that describes an irregular pattern of breakage in a
direction other than along cleavage planes
the tendency of a mineral to split along planes of its crystalline structure where
bonds are weakest
a solid substance in which the atoms or ions are arranged in an orderly pattern that
repeats over and over again
a grouping of one silica ion and four oxygen ions that forms the basic
building block of a silicate
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