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Earth Science Minerals
____________are pure substances that cannot be broken down into simpler substances by ordinary chemical means.
A ____________ is a naturally formed, inorganic solid that has a definite crystalline structure.
A ____________ is a substance made of two or more elements that have been chemically joined, or bonded.
Solid, geometric forms
of minerals produced by a repeating pattern of atoms or molecules that
is present throughout the mineral are called __________.
Silicon and oxygen are
the two most common elements in the Earth’s crust. Minerals that contain
a combination of these two elements are called _______ ___________>
The way a surface reflects light is called ___________.
The color of a mineral in powdered form is called the mineral’s____________ .
______________ is the tendency of some minerals to break along smooth, flat surfaces.
A mineral’s resistance to being scratched is called ___________.
__________________ are minerals that are composed of only one element.
_______________are minerals that contain carbon and oxygen in their chemical structure.
________________is the measure of how much matter is in a given amount of space.
_________________ is a mineral deposit large enough and pure enough to be mined for profit.
he process by which land used for mining is returned to its original state or better is called _______________.
_________________are highly valued for their beauty and rarity rather than for their usefulness.
The _____________ diamond is part of the largest diamond ever found.