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Mineral Questions

Our professional geologist answers your favorite mineral questions.
Mineral Questions


Where can you find the mineral Quartz?
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What types of crystals are there?
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What affects growth of crystals and how?
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Where is the mineral feldspar located in the United States?
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Where does graphite come from?
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What are gems and crystals used for?
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Were do gems come from?
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How do minerals form?
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What is the strongest crystal?


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How do I clean gems that I found while gem mining?
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How many directions of cleavage does calcite, which forms rhomb-shaped fragments, contain?
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Which of the following is the unit of weight used for measuring diamonds (about 0.2 grams)?
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What element, when added to quartz, causes the purple color of amethyst?
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What type of minerals dissolves best in water?
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Why do minerals have different characteristics?
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Why do minerals rarely exhibit pure chemical composition?
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Potassium Feldspar is most likely to form in?
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Which rocks have the name that means fire?
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What is the largest quartz crystal ever found?
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Are some minerals harder than others?
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