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In order to be considered a mineral, the substance must be...
a) Naturally occuring b) Inorganic c) Solid d) All of the choices
Moh’s scale of hardness
a) places minerals in order according to how easily they can be scratched b) helps determine what color a mineral is c) helps to determine where a mineral can be found d) helps to determine density and color
Lil' Wayne just received a shiny new necklace with a big dollar sign on it for his birthday. What would be the best way for Lil' to find out if the necklace is pure gold or fake?
a) test the necklace with a nail file b) just look at the color c) Rub the necklace on a streak/non glazed porcelain plate to examine the streak d) smell it...real gold smells
Which of the following properties refers to the colored powder resulting from rubbing a mineral against a harder surface?
a) hardness b) luster c) cleavage d) streak
A mineral is inorganic, which means it contains...
a) chemical compounds b) materials made by humans c) parts of living things d) no materials that were once part of living things
Identification of minerals is based primarily on its ____ properties
a) chemical b) physical c) atomic d) molecular
The color of a mineral...
a) is a more reliable than the streak of a mineral. b) is a reliable indicator because color never changes. c) is not a reliable indicator because weathering and impurities can change the color. d) is shiny when it has a non-metallic luster.
When geologists say that a mineral always contains certain elements in definite proportions, they mean that the mineral
a) is a rock-forming mineral. b) is a solid. c) has a definite chemical composition. d) has no crystal structure.
You are testing a mineral to see how easily it scratches...what are property are you testing?
a) cleavage b) hardness c) luster d) fracture
The physical properties of minerals result from their...
a) internal arrangement of atoms b) type of cleavage and hardness c) texture and color of streak d) density and color
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