A mineral is a naturally occuring inorganic solid with a definite chemical composition and crystalline structure. Minerals are the building blocks of rocks.
How many minerals on earth? 4,000!
More than 90% of all minerals are made of silicon and oxygen.
Silicon and oxygen are the two most common elements on earth.
Only 30 out of 4,000 minerals are common.
SNIFC: the five requirements to be considered a mineral.
S – Solid (not a liquid or gas)
N – Naturally occuring (cannot be articicial)
I – Inorganic (not living)
F – Fixed composition (made of the same material throughout)
C – Crystalline (forms natural crystal shapes)
Mineral: a mineral is a naturally occuring inorganic solid with a definite chemical composition and crystalline structure.
Inorganic: Not arising from natural growth. Not living.