Welcome to GeoNick.com!
This website is for anyone interested in geology and minerals. I am not a proffeser or anything, but I know quite a bit about the basics about geology.
First of all, to be a mineral, an object must exceed these four requirements:
1. Minerals are inorganic.
2. Minerals occur and are formed naturally.
3. Minerals must be one of six crystalline shapes.
4. Minerals have their own unique chemical makeup.
Those are the basic guidelines for mineral classification. As stated in number three, minerals must be shaped like one of six crystalline shapes. The six crystalline shapes are cubic, tetrogonal, monoclinic, orthorombic, hexagonal, and triclinic. The gold and iron that you sometimes see as fist sized chunks are made up of these three dimensional shapes. When all these tiny mineral particles join together, they become one big mineral, eventually. Yet this process can take hundreds even thousands of years.
Now, if you are studying minerals in your science curriculem at school, your science teacher may have you do a lab activity where you make your own minerals out of salt, gravel, sugar, etc. The minerals that you make in class take maybe from five minutes to an hour to start to form. Those are not real minerals that you are making! Remember, real minerals take hundreds or even thousands of years to form, not two or three days!
On my website you can find more information about geology from links, or do some of the activities I have made. Either way, have fun learning about the world around you!
Minerals! There everywhere you have to be!