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What is the difference between hardness and streak?


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A minerals hardness is its relative ability to scratch or be scratched by other minerals. Diamond, for instance, can scratch all other minerals because of its hardness. Streak is the color of the mineral when powdered. This is usually accomplished by the streak test (swiping the mineral across an unglazed porcelain surface) which reveals a mineral's streak color, which may differ from the color of the specimen being tested.