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a naturally occurring, inorganic, solid with a definite chemical composition and an orderly arrangement of atoms


Salt formed by the natural evaporation of water


describes atoms arranged in a pattern over and over


a solid in which the atoms are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern


melted rock that forms crystals


the part of a solution that evaporates, leaving a mineral


the process, in a dry climate, where the solution leaves the mineral


the amount of common in the earth's crust


the group of rocks forming minerals that contain silicon and oxygen

Silicon and Oxygen

the two most abundant elements in the earth's crust

What are the four characteristics of a mineral?

Minerals are natural, inorganic, an element or compound, and a crystalline solid

What are the eight most common elements in the earth's crust in order?

Oxygen (O), Silicon (Si), Aluminum (Al), Iron (Fe), Calcium (Ca), Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Magnesium (Mg)

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