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Mineral Classification Exercise

Dexter Perkins
University of North Dakota
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This page first made public: Jun 30, 2005


This exercise gets students thinking about mineral classification and the properties that are most useful for classifying and identifying minerals.

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Sophomore level Mineralogy class.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should have knowledge of minerals equivalent to what they would get in an introductory geology class.

How the activity is situated in the course

We use this early in the class as an introduction to mineral properties. It comes before we start systematically looking at groups of minerals.


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Description of the activity/assignment

This exercise is designed to help students think about the properties of minerals that are most useful for mineral classification and identification.

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