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Which is NOT a characteristic of minerals?
a) solid b) formed from biological sources c) naturally occurring d) definite chemical composition
Which word means that a mineral will split smoothly creating flat surfaces?
a) cleavage b) fracture c) hardness d) luster
How a mineral resists scratching determines its...
a) streak b) luster c) hardness d) fracture
On the Mohs scale, 1 represents...
a) soft minerals b) hard minerals c) intermediate minerals d) the number of crystals
If glass has a hardness of 5.5 and apatite has a hardness of 5, then...
a) Apatite will scratch the glass. b) The glass will scratch apatite. c) They will scratch each other. d) They will both scratch diamonds.
The color of a mineral's powder is known as...
a) luster b) streak c) crystal structure d) hardness
Formed in the mantle, molten material called _________ cools to form minerals below Earth’s surface.
a) lava b) magma c) granite d) basalt
Minerals that form irregular, jagged surfaces when they break apart have a property called...
a) hardness b) crystal structure c) cleavage d) fracture
Sugar is not a mineral because...
a) you can eat it. b) it has a crystal structure. c) it's from sugarcane, a plant. d) it's a solid.
Density, luster, streak, and hardness...
a) are characteristics of a mineral. b) are properties of minerals. c) are used to identify rocks, not minerals. d) are used to identify the layers of the Earth, not minerals.
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