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2.2 Minerals Textbook, pp 44 - 49. Minerals A mineral is…..naturally occurring. A mineral forms by natural geologic processes.

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1 2.2 Minerals Textbook, pp

2 Minerals A mineral is…..naturally occurring. A mineral forms by natural geologic processes.

3 A mineral is… a solid substance. Minerals are solids within the temperature ranges that are normal for Earth’s surface.

4 A mineral has... an orderly crystalline structure. Minerals have their atoms arranged in an orderly and repetitive manner.

5 A mineral has… a definite chemical composition. Most minerals are chemical compounds made of two or more elements.

6 A mineral is… generally considered inorganic. A mineral is… generally considered inorganic. Minerals are not generally produced by living creatures.

7 (An exception to the “inorganic” rule is calcium carbonate, which many marine animals secrete to build their shells.) (An exception to the “inorganic” rule is calcium carbonate, which many marine animals secrete to build their shells.)

8 Quick Question Can you name three things in this room made from the mineral quartz that was ground up, melted and then cooled? Can you name three things in this room made from the mineral quartz that was ground up, melted and then cooled?

9 How Minerals Form – Four Major Processes 1.Crystallization from magma. When magma cools, elements combine to form minerals. When magma cools, elements combine to form minerals. Quartz Horneblende

10 2. Precipitation When water evaporates, some of the dissolved substances can react to form minerals. Minerals are left behind, or precipitated, out of the water. When water evaporates, some of the dissolved substances can react to form minerals. Minerals are left behind, or precipitated, out of the water. HaliteHaliteCalciteCalcite

11 3. Pressure and Temperature Some minerals form when existing minerals are subjected to changes in pressure and temperature. Their atoms are “re-arranged” by pressure, or are re-stabilized into new minerals by heat. Some minerals form when existing minerals are subjected to changes in pressure and temperature. Their atoms are “re-arranged” by pressure, or are re-stabilized into new minerals by heat. TalcTalc MuscoviteMuscovite

12 4. Hydrothermal Solutions A hydrothermal solution is a very hot mixture of water (100°C to 300°C) and dissolved substances. When these solutions come into contact with existing minerals, chemical reactions take place to form new minerals. A hydrothermal solution is a very hot mixture of water (100°C to 300°C) and dissolved substances. When these solutions come into contact with existing minerals, chemical reactions take place to form new minerals. ChalcopyriteChalcopyrite BorniteBornite

13 Quick Question What is the official mineral for the state of California? What is the official mineral for the state of California? GOLD

14 Mineral Groups Over 3,800 minerals have been named, and several new ones are identified each year. Over 3,800 minerals have been named, and several new ones are identified each year. com/archive/ Jasper and Agate Pebbles, Oregon Coast Common minerals, together with the thousand of others that form on Earth, can be classified into groups based on their composition.

15 Silicates The two most abundant elements in Earth’s crust are silicon and oxygen. The two most abundant elements in Earth’s crust are silicon and oxygen. Quartz, the most common mineral.

16 Silicon and oxygen combine to form a structure called the silicon-oxygen tetrahedron. Silicon and oxygen combine to form a structure called the silicon-oxygen tetrahedron. Basic Crystal Shapes

17 Silicon-oxygen tetrahedra can join in a variety of ways. The silicon-oxygen bonds are very strong. Silicon-oxygen tetrahedra can join in a variety of ways. The silicon-oxygen bonds are very strong.

18 Carbonates Carbonates are minerals that contain the elements carbon, oxygen and one or more other metallic elements. Carbonates are minerals that contain the elements carbon, oxygen and one or more other metallic elements. Calcite is the most common carbonate mineral. Calcite is the most common carbonate mineral.

19 Oxides Oxides Oxides are minerals that contain oxygen and one or more other elements, which are usually metals. Corundum (ruby) is aluminum oxide.

20 Sulfates and Sulfides Sulfates and Sulfides are minerals that contain the element sulfur. Sulfates form when mineral-rich waters evaporate. Sulfates and Sulfides are minerals that contain the element sulfur. Sulfates form when mineral-rich waters evaporate. Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

21 Halides Halides are minerals that contain a halogen ion plus one or more other elements. Halides are minerals that contain a halogen ion plus one or more other elements. Halite (Rock Salt)

22 Native Elements Native elements are a group of minerals that exist in relatively pure form. Native elements are a group of minerals that exist in relatively pure form. Silver Sulfur


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