Growing Crystals on a Microscope Stage part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
Many compounds crystallize rapidly from evaporating solutions, and many can be crystallized from melts. Because of this, it is possible to do simple crystallization experiments and to watch crystals grow over short times. Students can study several different compounds during one lab period. Crystal habit, growth zones, nucleation, deformation textures–students can examine many things quickly and easily.
Mineral Synthesis and X-Ray Diffraction Experiments part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
This 6-week laboratory activity has students working in groups of two or more to synthesize a mineral and then analyze their mineral using XRD.