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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mineral Identification Work Chart


You can print this out and use it for your mineral identification needs:

Mineral Identification Work Chart

Sample No.




Color




Luster




Crystal System




Composition




Form




Hardness




Streak




Sp. Gravity




Cleavage




Fracture




Florescence




Phosphorescent




Sectile




Malleable




Brittle




Ferro-Magnetic




Para-Magnetic.




Non-Magnetic




Transparent




Translucent




Opaque




Mineral





This is enough to identify four minerals.  Most of the questions can be answered by a simple yes or no.  By answering these questions you will be able to identify most minerals from a simple handbook of minerals that are available at any bookstore.  Mineral identification is done by a process of elimination. What doesn’t match the description of your mineral is not what you have found.

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