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3: Minerals and Mineral Identification

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    After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

    • Determine the many different physical properties of minerals, and apply them to mineral identification.
    • Distinguish mineral cleavage from mineral fracture.
    • Identify the minerals assigned by your instructor.

    Thumbnail: “Benitoite, Neptunite, and Natrolite ” (CC-BY 4.0; Chloe Branciforte, own work)​

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