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Physical Properties of the Minerals


The physical properties of minerals can be determined readily by inspection or by simple tests. Because the physical properties are determined in hand specimens, they are important in the recognition of the of minerals in the field. The chief physical properties are colour, streak, lustre, hardness, habit, cleavage, fracture, odour, feel, tenacity, fluorescence, magnetism, specific …

Introduction to the minerals

Minerals A mineral is a naturally occurring homogeneous substance, which has a more or less definite chemical composition, and definite atomic structure. The minerals are usually formed by inorganic processes. They possess a set of constant physical properties. Since the determination of atomic structure and chemical composition requires complex laboratory tests, the more easily recognized …