Physical Properties of Minerals

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MINERAL • formed in various ways and different conditions • They occur naturally as inorganic solids • have a specific internal structure • have a chemical composition • have definite set of physical properties

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CHAPTER 2 : MINERALformed in various ways and different conditionsThey occur naturally as inorganic solidshave a specific internal structurehave a chemical compositionhave definite set of physical propertiesPhysical Properties of MineralsCrystal form and shape (external appearance)1. The crystal faces reflect the internal symmetry of the crystal structure2. there can be any number of unit cells repeating in any direction3. Minerals with a crystal lattice are called crystallineSix crystal systemsIsometric Tetragonal Hexagonal Orthorhombic Monoclinic TriclinicColour 1. seen by eye.2. color is the easiest physical property to determine3. is a general rather than specific indicatorStreak 1. colour of finely powdered mineral particles produced by scraping the specimen along a roughened surface2. The limitation of a streak plate is that it can only be used on minera

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