Thursday, February 9, 2012


Minerals typically are composed of two or more elements and have the following properties:
  • inorganic- not derived from living things
  • naturally occuring- not "fake"
  • solids- cannot be a liquid or gas
  • crystalline shape- orderly arrangement of atoms
  • chemical composition- definite composition
An interesting note that "ice" from a glacier is considered a mineral.

Thanks to Philip Staublin for pointing out that there are some minerals that are considered "native minerals" composed of only one element. This is for Philip- good catch- we did cover native minerals in class but it is not going to be a test question- so I did not blog it, Mr. V.

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