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Answered 2011-01-02 08:36:55

Minerals are basically chemicals in a solid form.

A2. Part of the definition of a mineral is that it has a known chemical composition. If its composition were variable, it would not qualify under the definition.

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What is a characteristic of a mineral?

A characteristic of a mineral is that it is a solid. There are four other types of characteristics which is inorganic, have a crystalline structure, naturally occurring and have defined homogenous chemical composition.


Why is the chemical composition of a mineral important?

The chemical composition of a mineral is important because it tells what the mineral is.


What is the definition of a definite chemical composition?

Definite chemical refers to a characteristic that a substance must possess to meet the definition of a mineral.


What is definite chemical composition in reference to mineral definition?

In mineralogy, definite chemical composition refers to a characteristic that a substance must possess to meet the definition of a mineral. It is the narrow parameter of chemical compositions that a substance must have to be described as a particular mineral separate from other minerals.


What is a defintite chemical composition?

In mineralogy, definite chemical composition refers to a characteristic that a substance must possess to meet the definition of a mineral. It is the narrow parameter of chemical compositions that a substance must have to be described as a particular mineral separate from other minerals.


What property of a mineral is determined by its chemical composition?

The color of a mineral sample is determined by its chemical composition


What is mineral composition?

Each known mineral has a specific chemical composition.


What properties of mineral depend on its chemical composition?

ALL of the properties of a mineral depend on it's chemical composition.


How are mineral formed?

MINERALS are naturally occurring, inorganic solids, with a characteristic chemical composition, having a regular atomic structure throughout.


Are man made diamonds a mineral?

According to Wikipedia's definition of mineral, no. "A mineral is a naturally occurring solid chemical substance formed through biogeochemical processes, having characteristic chemical composition, highly ordered atomic structure, and specific physical properties."


What does chemical composition of a mineral mean?

Chemical composition refers to the elements and their proportions in that mineral. For instance, table salt has equal parts sodium and chlorine. Its chemical composition is NaCl. Or, quartz is one part silicon and two parts oxygen. Its chemical composition is SiO2.


Do minerals have chemical compositions?

Yes. Every mineral has a chemical composition.


Why is magma not a mineral?

Magma is not a mineral becauseIt is liquid.It does not have a definite chemical composition.


What does it mean to say that a mineral has a definite chemical composition?

it means that the chemical build up of the mineral never changes


What are minerlas in geology?

A mineral is a naturally occurring solid chemical substance that is formed through geological processes and that has a characteristic chemical composition, a highly ordered atomic structure, and specific physical properties.


Why is a boulder not a mineral?

A mineral is a naturally occuring chemical compound. A mineral is different from a rock/boulder which can be an aggregate of minerals, or non minerals and does not have a specific chemical composition as a mineral does


Does every mineral have a crystal form?

Yes. Minerals are defined as naturally occurring solids, formed by inorganic processes, with a characteristic crystal structure, and a specific chemical composition.


How do you classify a mineral?

by its texture, shape, color and chemical composition


HOW CAN YOU IDENTIFY A MINERAL BY THE HELP OF THEIR PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES?

It is simple: each mineral has different chemical and physical properties; also the chemical composition is different.


What is a mineral grains?

Mineral grains are crystals or pieces of crystals that vary widely in chemicalcomposition


Is salt water a mineral?

No. a mineral is a compound of fixed chemical composition and of fixed crystal structure.


Is fixed composition a caracteritic of a mixture?

A fixed composition is not a characteristic of a mixture. The composition of a mixture can vary, unlike the composition of a compound that forms a chemical reaction.


What is the chemical or mineral content of a rock based on?

The chemical composition must be determined by analytical methods.



A mineral must be what?

a mineral is defined as any inorganic substance that occurs in nature and has a definite chemical composition.


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