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A naturally formed, inorganic solid that has a definite crystalline structure.
A substance that cannot be separated or broken down into simpler substances by chemical means
A substance made up of atoms of two or more different elements joined by chemical bonds.
A solid whose atoms, ions, or molecules are arranged in a definite pattern.
One of the characteristics that is observed when attempting to identify minerals - this is NOT the best way to identify a mineral.
The way in which a mineral reflects light.
The color of the powder of a mineral.
The splitting of a mineral along smooth, flat surfaces.
The manner in which a mineral breaks long either curved or irregular surfaces.
A measure of the ability of a mineral to resist scratching.
The ratio of the mass of a substance to the volume of the substance.
Special properties of minerals
The process of returning land to its original condition after mining is completed.