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Diamond is harder than quarts when you looking at the Mohs hardeness scale

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You have just made a stack of pancakes. They are sitting on a plate on the breakfast table steaming and ready to be eaten. The butter is dripping down the pancake stack. However, you need the next thing to make this breakfast complete. That is the maple syrup. However, you went to the store and got two different kinds. One of them says Grade A maple syrup and the other says Grade B maple syrup.

You are confused as to which one you should use. Grade B syrups are darker in color compared to the lighter-colored Grade A kinds. Grade B maple syrup is not as delicate as the Grade A kinds. Lastly, there is really only one kind of Grade B maple syrups.

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Minerals differ in colors although most of them have a specific color range.

However, some minerals have alternate color when they are grounded to powder than their natural attribute. This is the more reason why Geologists and other mineral researchers make use of tiles of unglazed porcelain usually referred to as a ‘Streak plate’ to discriminate minerals by their streaks. In another hand, they may have to scratch the mineral over a surface to get the real color as some amount of powder color is deserted when this is done.

Nonetheless, making using of streaks is a more dependable way of ascertaining a mineral identity than colors. Despite the fact that the mineral examples are diverse in colors, it leaves a rosy dark colored streak when scratched over a streak plate.

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A lot of people are familiar with the acetone because this is something that they use when they want to remove their nail polish. The acetone is usually colorless. I should not be put close to flames because it can be flammable. Mineral spirits can also be considered as a paint thinner but the main difference is this can be used for wood while acetone can make certain changes to wood.


People can use the right solvent depending on what they are trying to remove. If you only want to get rid of your nail polish, you do not need mineral spirits to make sure that they will be completely gone from your nails.

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The color of the specimen as it appears to the naked eye under normal lighting conditions. Some mineral as gold will only appear as one color, but due to contaminants and crystal light distortion, many minerals could appear in multiple colors.

The streak is the coloration of a mineral in the form of a powder. Luster refers to the absorption, mirror image, or refraction of light by the surface of the mineral. Minerals have various lusters that are somewhat self-explanatory such as dull, earthy, metallic, silky, pearly, and resinous — also magnetism.

Certain materials exhibit magnetism or an attraction to a magnet, and some will display this property only when heated. Minerals possess physical properties which aid in identification.

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Minerals are naturally occurring solid substances and are found in rocks. Actually, in order to meet the real definition of mineral, five substance requirements must be met, and these requirements are as follows: It must be naturally occurring, it must be inorganic, it must be solid, it must have a definite chemical composition and its internal structure must be in order or with a pattern. Without meeting these five requirements, geologists do not label it as a mineral.

There are different kinds of minerals which vary in density, form, size, hardness, transparency and location. Some are radioactive or magnetic, while others are uncombined elements such as copper, gold, silver and diamond. In fact, diamonds are generally considered as the most desirable of all other minerals because of its spectacular interaction with light.

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