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Mineral Crystal Structures

In the article “What Are Minerals,” we looked at five properties that classify an element or compounds of elements as a mineral. To sum it up, the five properties are as follows: A mineral is solid.  A mineral is naturally ...

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What Are Minerals?

In a previous article, we looked at elements, the building blocks of minerals: A mineral is made up of one or more elements. There are 88 naturally occurring elements found in nature, yet only 38 elements make up the approximately ...

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Native Minerals

I have acquired numerous native mineral pieces over the years. I especially enjoy the Copper dendrites from Michigan that have a leaf-like formation – very aesthetic. The Sulfur crystals from Bolivia are almost a fluorescent yellow; the color is outstanding, ...

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