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An inorganic crystalline solid is formed in a lab. Why is it NOT a mineral?
It is NOT naturally occurring.
Even if a mineral looks uneven on the outside, are the atoms unevenly ordered?
NO. They have an orderly arrangement on the INSIDE.
Common PHYSICAL properties of minerals include all the following EXCEPT:
All of the following are some other property used to identify minerals EXCEPT...
* Reaction to hydrochloric acid
* Boiling point
* The ability for the mineral to create a double image
The boiling point is NOT used to identify minerals.
Is the appearance of a mineral enough to be able to identify it?
(Using only color you can be fooled when trying to tell the difference between gold and pyrite.)
Why is hardness sometimes referred to as SCRATCHABILITY?
The measure of how easily a mineral can be scratched is its HARDNESS.
Since a diamond is the hardest mineral, can it be broken?
YES, it can shatter if given a hard enough blow.
What is an important property used to distinguish minerals?
LUSTER (Can be metallic or nonmetallic)
What allows some minerals to be broken along SMOOTH FLAT CLEAVAGE planes?
Weak or fewer bonds within the structure.
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