Darby Dyar

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Activity

Color in Minerals part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
Why do minerals have color? When is that color diagnostic, and when is it likely to fool you? Why is color important, and what can it tell us about the chemistry of minerals? This exercise will try to answer some of these questions, and to introduce students to the fascinating world of mineral spectroscopy, where chemistry meets mineralogy.