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Foreman/Stapp - 3

Minerals - 6.6C

TermDefinition
Mineral A naturally formed, inorganic solid that has a specific chemical formula and repeating three-dimensional structure.
Luster The way the surface of a mineral reflects light; either metallic or non-metallic such as silky, dull, glassy, or resinous.
Streak The color of a mineral in powdered form.
Hardness A measure of scratch resistance of various minerals; when the ability of harder minerals to scratch softer minerals is used for identification.
Conductivity The ability of a substance to transfer heat or electrical energy.
Malleability The ability of something to be reshaped without breaking.
Magnetic Attraction Magnetic force exerted by oppositely charged particles, tending to draw or hold the particles together.
Inorganic Matter that does not contain carbon.
Mineral Crystal Geometric shape of a mineral that reflects its internal crystalline arrangement of atoms.
Moh's Hardness Scale A set of ten minerals used as a standard of hardness against which an unknown mineral's hardness is compared.
Physical properties Characteristics of matter that can be detected or measured with the senses.
Color Property of an object that is caused by the light reflected or emitted by them.