Saturday, 26 February 2011

characteristics of rock forming mineral

you can characterise a rock/mineral by several ways;

These are:

Habit-  shape of minerals/rock

Colour - can be used for some minerals but is inacurate as mineral can be found in many colours

Hardness- mohos scale of hardness measures ressistance to scratching, the scale ranges from 1-10

Lustre- ability to reflect light

Specific gravity- ratio of mass of a mineral compared with the mass of an equal volume of water

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