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

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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.


What does chemical composition of a mineral mean?

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Do minerals have chemical compositions?

Yes. Every mineral has a chemical composition.


Why does a mineral have a characteristic chemical composition?

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.


Why is magma not a mineral?

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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


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


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?

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Is salt water a mineral?

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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 the chemical or mineral content of a rock based on?

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Why is the chemical composition of Earth's atmosphere important?

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A mineral must be what?

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Which mineral is a cousin to a diamond of chemical composition?

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What is the chemical formula for mineral water?

The composition of mineral waters are extremaly variable; please mention a type.


What is a defintite chemical composition?

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How is volcanic glass different from a mineral?

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Mineral composed of only one element?

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What does mineral composition mean?

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What do minerals have to have to be a mineral?

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