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1

Minerals, simply put, are the...

basic building blocks of a lot of Earth materials

2

What are two examples of materials that minerals are the building blocks for?

Rocks and soil

3

In order for something to be a mineral it has to meet _____ characteristics, criteria, necessary conditions.

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4

These characteristics, criteria, are...

1. solid
2. naturally occurring
3. Has to have a crystal structure
4. Has to have a specific chemical composition
5. Formed inorganically

5

Is plastic a mineral?

No, because it is man-made

6

Explain what a specific chemical composition means

For example, every quartz crystal or molecule is made up of 1 silicon atom bonded to 2 oxygen atoms, so it has a chemical formula of SiO2

7

Are leaves, plants, and bones considered a mineral?

No, they are organic

8

Is Ice a mineral?

Yes

9

Are bones considered minerals?

No

10

Is Coal considered a mineral?

No, it is organically formed

11

Is steel considered a mineral?

NO it is man-made