Mineral Types and Characteristics

Authored by: Jane H. Hodgkinson , Frank D. Stacey

Practical Handbook of Earth Science

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138552234
eBook ISBN: 9781315148038
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Various features of minerals are used to describe and identify them. In a hand specimen, diagnostic properties, defined in the following subsections (Tables 19.1 through 19.8 and 19.11 through 19.20), are colour, streak, Mohs hardness, fracture, cleavage, habit, lustre and specific gravity.

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