Asked in Coal (fuel source)
Coal like graphite is composed of carbon.Unlike graphite coal is formed from decayed once-living matter is it a mineral?
No, coal is not a mineral because a mineral has to be inorganic meaning that it can not be made by a life process. ...
Asked in Earth Sciences
Do a mineral have to be formed by a manufactured process to be considered a mineral?
No, indeed the contrary. A mineral is defined as a "naturally occurring, homogeneous solid with a defined chemical composition and a highly ordered atomic arrangement." So, a material such as tungsten carbide which is only man-made (as far as I know), would not be classified as a mineral. ...
Asked in Osteoporosis
What mineral prevents osteoporosis?
Calcium. But its not as much the mineral as the process of ossification. The problem is that the process of bone resorption is faster than bone deposit. Typically, both of the process are occurring at the same rate throughout adulthood. ...