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Minerals Vocabulary Ch 9.1 GHS Earth Science

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Mineral   Natural, inorganic, crystalline solid  
Rock-forming minerals   20 common minerals that form the rocks of the earth's crust  
Inorganic substance   Not made up of living things or the remains of living things  
Silicate minerals   Contain atoms of silicon and oxygen; make up 96% of the earth's crust  
Nonsilicate minerals   Do not contain silicon; make up 4% of earth's crust  
Crystal   A natural solid with a definite shape; characterized by a specific geometric arrangement  
Silicon-oxygen tetrahedron   Building block of silicate minerals; 4 oxygen atoms and 1 silicon atom in the center  


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