Strongest Mineral in the world
A mineral:
1.Naturally occurring
2.Solid substance
Definite chemical composition
5.Crystalline structure

Identifying a mineral

Color – Minerals can come in a variety color; Look at the mineral and look for colors

Diamonds are clear

Luster- The way a mineral reflects light; Look to see how the light reflects off the mineral

Diamonds are very shiny

Hardness – A measure of the ability of a mineral to resist scratching; Take your mineral and try to scratch a piece of glass and see if it leaves a scratch

Diamonds are a 10 on the Moh's scale

Fracture – The manner in which a mineral breaks along either curved or irregular surfaces

Diamonds do not have a fracture

Metallic Mineral - A mineral that contains a magnetic property

Diamonds are not matallic

Nonmetallic – shiny, reflects light

Diamonds are nonmetallic

Sub metallic -minerals have similar lustre to metal, but are duller and less reflective

Diamonds dont have a sub metallic property

Cleavage – The splitting of a mineral along smooth, flat surfaces

Diamonds have cleavage on all sides

Special Properties

Fluorescence- Calcite and fluorite glow under ultraviolet light

Diamonds are not Fluorescence

Magnetism- Magnetite and pyrrhotite are natural magnets that attract iron

Diamonds are not magnetism

Chemical Reaction- Calcite will become bubbly when a drop of weak acid is placed on it

Diamonds are do not have a chemical reaction

Taste- Halite has a salty taste

Diamonds dont have a taste

Optical Properties- A thin, piece of calcite placed over an image will cause a double image

Diamond does not have an optical property

Radioactivity- Mineral that contain radium or uranium can be detected by a Geiger counter

Diamonds don't have a radioactivity property

A diamond does not have any special properties.


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