Flashcards in Definitions of Minerals Deck (11)
Minerals, simply put, are the...
basic building blocks of a lot of Earth materials
What are two examples of materials that minerals are the building blocks for?
Rocks and soil
In order for something to be a mineral it has to meet _____ characteristics, criteria, necessary conditions.
These characteristics, criteria, are...
2. naturally occurring
3. Has to have a crystal structure
4. Has to have a specific chemical composition
5. Formed inorganically
Is plastic a mineral?
No, because it is man-made
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
Are leaves, plants, and bones considered a mineral?
No, they are organic
Is Ice a mineral?
Are bones considered minerals?
Is Coal considered a mineral?
No, it is organically formed