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2.1 Minerals Are All Around Us Minerals are basic building blocks of Earth.

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1 2.1 Minerals Are All Around Us Minerals are basic building blocks of Earth

2 Minerals are all around us. Minerals are used all the time. Copper in the wires that carry electricity to a device Table salt, or halite (HAYL-YT), is a mineral Minerals and rocks are not the same. – Minerals Formed in nature Solid Definite chemical makeup Crystal structure Always made up of the same materials in the same proportions – Rocks Formed in nature Solid Usually contains two or more types of minerals Amounts of minerals may vary between the same types of rock

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4 Minerals have four characteristics. Is formed in nature Is a solid Has a definite chemical makeup Has a crystal structure

5 Formed in Nature Minerals are formed by natural processes Every mineral can form without involvement by living organisms A few can be produced as part of an organisms shells or bones. Form in many ways – Halite (table salt) is formed when ocean water evaporates – Granite develops when molten rock cools. – Talc (found in baby powder) is formed from the high pressure and temperature deep in Earth.

6 Solid A mineral has a definite volume and a rigid shape Liquids and gases are not minerals unless they are in solid form – Examples Liquid water is not a mineral, but ice is. Copper is a mineral when in solid form, but melted copper is a liquid, so it is not considered a mineral.

7 Definite Chemical Makeup Each mineral consists of a specific combination of atoms of certain elements. – Elements are substances that contain only one type of atom – Atoms are the smallest particle an element can be divided into Everything is made up of atoms. Some minerals (gold, copper) consist of one element of the same type Most minerals are compounds, substances consisting of several elements in specific proportions (NaCl) The types of atoms in a mineral help to make it unique Atom bonds also help make it unique

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10 Crystal Structure Arrangements of atoms are characteristic of minerals Crystals are solids in which the atoms are arranged in an orderly, repeating, three-dimensional pattern Each mineral has its own type of crystal structure Two minerals can have the same chemical composition but different crystal structures. – Diamond and graphite – Consist only of carbon – Arrangement of the carbon atoms result in different crystal structures and properties. Diamonds are extremely hard and have a brilliant sparkle. Graphite is soft, gray, and dull. Perfect crystals rarely form in nature. – Needs to form in open space – Amount of growing space influences shape and size of crystals.

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14 Minerals are grouped according to composition. Minerals are classified based on their chemical makeups Out of thousands of minerals, only 30 are common in Earth’s crust Called rock-forming minerals and make up most rocks in the crust. Most common are silicates – Contain oxygen and silicon (most common elements in crust) joined together – Make up about 90 percent of the rocks in Earth’s crust – Most common rock-forming minerals are Quartz, Feldspar, Mica Carbonates – Contain carbon and oxygen joined together – Second most common group of rock-forming minerals Many other important mineral groups. – oxides contains the minerals from which most metals (tin, copper), are refined. – Consists of an element, usually a metal, joined to oxygen (hematite)

15 Minerals are grouped according to composition. Silicates are the most common rock-forming mineral group. Carbonates are the second most common mineral group. The oxides group contains the minerals from which most metals are refined

16 Minerals are grouped according to composition. Give three examples of silicates. Quartz Feldspar Mica What are rock-forming minerals? List some examples. – Rock-forming minerals are a group of about 30 minerals that make up most of the rocks in Earth’s crust. Some examples are quartz, feldspar, mica, and calcite.


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