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What is the difference between a mineral and a crystal?
July 25, 2010 10:29AM
A crystal is a solid state of a mineral, the crystalline shapes formed by minerals depend upon their molecular structure. Wheras it is possible for a mineral to be liquified within molten lava for instance, it does not form back into crystals until it cools under a process known as fractional crystallisation.