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MINERALS They’re not only in your breakfast cereal. What is a mineral?. A mineral is typically a compound consisting of more than one element. Ex. Halite (NaCl) There are minerals that consist of only one element. Ex. Graphite (C). Characteristics of a mineral. Naturally occurring Inorganic

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Minerals they re not only in your breakfast cereal

MINERALSThey’re not only in your breakfast cereal.


What is a mineral
What is a mineral?

  • A mineral is typically a compound consisting of more than one element.Ex. Halite (NaCl)

  • There are minerals that consist of only one element. Ex. Graphite (C)


Characteristics of a mineral
Characteristics of a mineral

  • Naturally occurring

  • Inorganic

  • Solid

  • Has a definite chemical composition.

  • Has a crystalline structure. (an orderly internal arrangement of atoms.


A crystal is composed of a structural unit that is repeated in three dimensions. This is the basic structural unit of a crystal of sodium chloride, the mineral halite.



Hardness
Hardness that allow for their identification.

  • Resistance to being scratched.

  • Controlled by the strength of bonds between atoms

  • Comparative identification with Moh’s scale.


Cleavage
Cleavage that allow for their identification.

  • The tendency of a mineral to break along zones of weakness to form smooth planes.


Fracture that allow for their identification.

  • A mineral that lacks zones of weakness will exhibit uneven breaking surfaces.


Streak
Streak that allow for their identification.

  • Color of a mineral when it is powdered

  • This characteristic is usually very consistent.


Luster

The way a mineral’s surface reflects light that allow for their identification.

Two groups: metallic and non-metallic.

Luster


Color
Color that allow for their identification.

  • The most obvious but often the least useful.

  • Because:

  • The same mineral can be different colors.

  • Different minerals can be the same color.


Special properties of minerals
Special Properties of Minerals that allow for their identification.

Carbonates react with dilute HCl and other acids by fizzing or bubbling (releasing CO2 gas)


Special Characteristics - that allow for their identification. Fluorescence

  • Some minerals will glow when placed under short-wave or long-wave ultraviolet rays

  • Franklin and Ogdensburg NJ are famous for their fluorescent minerals


Special characteristics salty taste

DO NOT TASTE MOST MINERALS! that allow for their identification.

Halite is the exception - it will taste salty

Special Characteristics -Salty Taste


The Crystal Cave of Giants was accidentally discovered in 2000 by miners working in the silver and lead mine at Naica, Mexico. It lies almost 300 meters (900 feet) below the surface of the Earth and it contains the largest crystals known in the world


Special Characteristics - 2000 by miners working in the silver and lead mine at Naica, Mexico. It lies almost 300 meters (900 feet) below the surface of the Earth and it contains the largest crystals known in the worldMagnetism

  • Many iron minerals will produce an invisible magnetic force field

  • “Lodestone” was used by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago as compasses


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