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MARVELOUS MINERALS

Basic vocabulary for a beginning study of minerals.

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OREMINERAL-RICH ROCK DEPOSIT CONTAINING USUABLE AMOUNTS OF METAL.
CLEAVAGEPROPERTY OF A MINERAL WHEN IT BREAKS ALONG A FLAT PLANE OR SURFACE.
STREAKCOLORED POWDER THAT A MINERAL LEAVES ON A STREAK PLATE.
MOHS' SCALESCALE OF HARDNESS OF 10 MINERALS THAT IS USED TO MEASURE THE RELATIVE HARDNESS OF MINERALS.
SPECIFIC GRAVITYRATIO OF A MINERAL'S DENSITY COMPARED TO THE DENSITY OF WATER.
FRACTUREPROPERTY OF A MINERAL THAT BREAKS, LEAVING AN UNEVEN OR SPLINTERED SURFACE.
GEMRARE, BEAUTIFUL MINERAL THAT IS CUT AND POLISHED/USED FOR JEWELRY.
MINERALNATURALLY-OCCURING INORGANIC SOLID WITH A DEFINITE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND A PARTICULAR CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE.
LUSTERTHE WAY A MINERAL REFLECTS LIGHT FROM ITS SURFACE.


Pamela Guldin-Evans

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