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E.S Mineral Notes

What is a mineral? A naturally occurring inorganic solid that has a sure chemical composition and an orderly internal atomic structure.
What are 2 ways that minerals are formed? Magma cooling & MInerals dissolve in water ( solution)
What are the 4 characteristics of minerals? - formed by natural processes
What are the 6 crystal systems? cubic, hexagonal, tetragonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, triclinic.
explain the process of magma cooling. magma (melted rock) cools as it gets to earth's surface. When magma cools slowly, it gives atoms that are losing heat energy more time to move closer together.
explain the process of solution. when water evaporates in dry climate, ions that are left behind form crystals.
what are some of the properties used to identify minerals? hardness, luster, specific gravity, streak.
Created by: mek123