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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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