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Topic 7: Lesson 2
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A naturally occurring, inorganic solid that has a crystal structure and a definite chemical composition.
Material that doesn't come from once living things
A repeating pattern of a mineral's particles
The color of a mineral's powder
Describes how light is reflected from a mineral's surface
Mohs Hardness Scale
A test to describe the hardness of minerals. Harder minerals scratch softer minerals.
Resistance to being scratched
Definite chemical composition
a mineral always contains certain elements in definite proportions
A hard colorful mineral with a brilliant or glassy luster. Usually very rare
A rock that contains a metal or other useful mineral that can be mined and sold at a profit
When an ore gets mixed with other substances and then melted to separate useful metal from other elements
This is not a definitive test for mineral identification because different minerals can have the same color
special properties of minerals
taste, fluorescence, phosphorescence, chatoyancy, double refraction, magnetism, radioactivity
A mineral's ability to split easily along flat surfaces.
The way a mineral looks when it breaks apart in an irregular way
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