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Science chap. 2

Properties of minerals

DefinitionTerm
Least imformative in identifying a mineral(only a few minerals have their own characteristic of it) Color
What the surface looks like in the light Luster
A mineral is in the color of its powder, color of a mineral can vary, it does not(ex-pyrite has a gold color, it's is greenish black) Streak
What it can scratch and what scratches it Hardness
Mass/ volume Density
Shape of crystal, shape the mineral would take if it had room to grow in captivity, not massive- some minerals have a number of different crystal shapes Crystal structure
Pattern when mineral is broken Cleavage/ fracture
Created by: Giana.gabriel