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Minerals

Minerals Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Naturally Occuring Found in nature, not made by humans
Solid Not liquid or gas
Ordered Atomic Arrangement (Internal Arrangement) Chemical elements that make up each mineral are arranged in a particular way
Definite Chemical Composition Each mineral is made up of a particular mix of chemical elements
Inorganic Never been alive, not made from plants or animals
Atom smallest unit of any chemical element
Magma Molten (melted/liquid) rock
Precipitation A way or forming a mineral through water evaporating
Streak A mineral's powder's color
Luster The way a mineral reflects light
Hardness resistance to being scratched
Cleavage when a mineral breaks along smooth flat surfaces
fracture when minerals break with uneven surfaces
Created by: missoliver