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Minerals Quest

Mineral Vocab

mineral a naturally occuring,inorganic,crystalline solid, with a definate chemical composition,and an orderly arrangment of atoms
crystal a solid in which the atoms are arranged in orderly, repeating patterns
magma hot melted rock material that cools when it reaches the Earth's surface
silicate minerals that contain silicon and oxygen and usually one or more other elements
hardness how easily the mineral can be scratched
luster the way the mineral reflects light
streak the color the mineral is when it is in powdered form
cleavage minerals that break along smooth,flat surfaces
fracture minerals that break with uneven,rough,or jagged surfaces
gem highly priced minerals because they are rare and beautiful
ore a mineral or rock that contains a useful substance that can be mined for a profit
Created by: smstorm