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Mineral Identification | Mineralogy4Kids

Mineral Identification. Although nearly 2,500 minerals are known to occur within Earth's crust, most are rare with only about 100 occurring in abundance.

Mineral Identification Key

We wish to make this key available to one and all in the hope of correct identification of minerals in collections, rock gardens, and on windowsills everywhere.

10 Steps to Identify Minerals - Start with the Specimen - Geology

Learning mineral identification is like learning to cook. You begin by following step-by-step procedures and looking up a lot of things. But after a while you notice ...

Mineral Identification

Aug 2, 2011 ... Mineral Physical Properties and Identification. Minerals. Minerals are defined as naturally occurring, inorganic, solids with a definite chemical ...
Photo (c) 2011 Andrew Alden, licensed to ( fair use policy ) Luster is the way a mineral reflects light and the first key step in mineral identification. The three major types of luster are metallic, glassy (vitreous) and dull. See the gallery of mineral lus... More »
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GeoMan's Mineral Identification Tests

Because of this, luster is the first fundamental test to be made when identifying any mineral. Most are relatively obvious, but some minerals can exhibit a range of ...

BrainPOP | Science | Learn about Mineral Identification

Mineral Identification. Is that a diamond or cubic zirconia on your finger? After Tim and Moby introduce you to the world of mineral identification, you'll never be ...

Mineral Identification Chart - Mineral Properties - GEOLOGY.COM

This mineral identification chart was created Art Crossman as a college course project at Mansfield University in 1997. He did an outstanding job, organizing ... Identification&v=YyyJz6zeUsg
Feb 22, 2011 ... Quick identifying properties of several minerals. ... I am new to all this, but have a growing interest in mineral identification and found your video ...

How Do Geologists Identify Minerals? - Utah Geological Survey

Even geologists can have a difficult time identifying minerals. There are over 4,000 known minerals, and approximately 80-100 new ones are discovered each  ...

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Q: Mineral Identification.
A: I can's tell you much about the rock; but it appears to be some sort of concretion or fossil.  Both of these occur in the two major sedimentary rock types; alth... Read More »
Q: Mineral Identification.
A: Hi Craig, We cant do a mineral Identification by photo nor can we do that on this forum. I am able only to answer specific questions. Fell free to ask me any qu... Read More »
Q: What is the least reliable mineral identification property?
A: Color. Read More »
Q: What methods of mineral identification are the most reliable?
A: Hardness and streak, because that's what we usually use for rock labs at my school. Our book describes the mineral and we usually use hardness and streak. We us... Read More »
Q: Why is crystal shape not usually helpful in mineral identificatio...
A: Crystalline Structure - Determine whether the Read More »