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A naturally occurring, inorganic solid that has a crystal structure and a definite chemical composition mineral
The "I" in SNIFC inorganic
The "C" in SNIFC crystal
The _____ of a mineral is the color of its powder. streak
The term _____ is used to describe how light is reflected from a mineral's surface. luster
This scale ranks 10 minerals from softest to hardest. This can be determined by a scratch test. Mohs Hardness Scale
A mineral that splits easily along flat surfaces has this property. cleavage
This describes how a mineral looks when it breaks apart in an irregular way (does not split apart evenly). fracture
The "S" in SNIFC solid
The "N" in SNIFC natural
meaning of inorganic not living and never has been
meaning of crystal form specific repeating pattern
meaning of solid not a liquid or a gas
meaning of natural made by nature; not man-made
The "F" in SNIFC fixed composition
meaning of fixed composition same recipe, everywhere and every time
Why is color not a reliable way to determine what type of mineral you are looking at? Many minerals could be the same color. Some minerals are more than one color.
two types of breakage cleavage and fracture
how the mineral feels texture
first thing you see; not very reliable color
two main types of luster metallic and non-metallic
how easy a mineral is to scratch hardness
Created by: Nisey1996