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 mineral consisting of a metal element combined with sulfur
the property of a mineral that describes its color in powdered form
a solid substance in which the atoms or ions are arranged in an orderly pattern that
repeats over and over again
the study of minerals and their properties
a metallic element that can be separated from its surrounding rock and sold for profit
a specific group of minerals known to form a rock
a grouping of one silica ion and four oxygen ions that forms the basic
building block of a silicate
any mineral that has its building block a tetrahedron of silicon and oxygen
a nonsilicate mineral that has as its major building block one carbon atom
covalently bonded to three oxygen atoms
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