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Where do the properties of minerals come from, apart from the elements that create it does its formation process or its surroundings affect the mineral's properties? What are some examples?
Question Date: 2007-11-21
Answer 1:

Mineral properties are determined by the structure of the crystal lattice that makes up the mineral. So, you know how water ice forms those beautiful hexagonal crystals? That's because the way water molecules align themselves in the crystal happens in a hexagonal,columner way, with a repeating hexagonal unit of crystal.

Answer 2:

The properties of a mineral ultimately relate to the atoms that make it up and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the way the atoms are ARRANGED.Graphite is soft and has a black streak... diamond is very hard... this comes about because the atoms of Carbon in graphite are weakly linked to each other whereas in diamond the covalent bonds are very strong.

Answer 3:

The properties come from the combination of the elements that make the mineral, plus the structure that they are in. For example,graphite and diamond are both made of the same material (pure carbon), but the atoms are arranged in a different structure, so they have very different properties.

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