Ultimate Mineral Trivia Facts Quiz!

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  • 1. 
    The Most mined mineral in NC is:
    • A. 

      Quartz

    • B. 

      Feldspar

    • C. 

      Gypsum

    • D. 

      Silicon

  • 2. 
    Inorganic means made from:
    • A. 

      Living things

    • B. 

      hydrogen oxides

    • C. 

      Metallic ions

    • D. 

      Non-living things

  • 3. 
    Gold, Silver,  and Copper are examples of which mineral group?
    • A. 

      Carbonates

    • B. 

      Native elements

    • C. 

      Metallic

    • D. 

      Sulfides

  • 4. 
    Check all that apply as classifications for a mineral.
    • A. 

      Light in color

    • B. 

      Inorganic solid

    • C. 

      Crystal structure

    • D. 

      Naturally occurring

    • E. 

      Liquid at room temperature

    • F. 

      Chemical composition

  • 5. 
    If a mineral breaks along FLAT, SMOOTH surfaces it is exhibiting:
    • A. 

      Fracture

    • B. 

      Cleavage

    • C. 

      Luster

    • D. 

      Hardness

  • 6. 
    Minerals that cool quickly will have _________ bonds and _______ sized crystal shapes.
    • A. 

      Strong, large

    • B. 

      Weak, small

    • C. 

      Weak, large

    • D. 

      Strong, small

  • 7. 
    Quartz and Talc have the same density and streak.  What could you test to easily tell them apart?
    • A. 

      Luster

    • B. 

      Hardness

    • C. 

      Color

  • 8. 
    A large area that contains minerals that can be mined for profit.
    • A. 

      Open pit

    • B. 

      Over burden

    • C. 

      Ore

    • D. 

      Deposit

  • 9. 
    Environmental results due to surface mining include the following:
    • A. 

      Increase in erosion

    • B. 

      Filter water ways

    • C. 

      Ground and water contamination

    • D. 

      Deforestzation

  • 10. 
    The strongest type of mineral bonds are:
    • A. 

      Van der walls

    • B. 

      Ionic

    • C. 

      Metallic

    • D. 

      Covalent

  • 11. 
    A mineral's density, chemical make up and crystal structure are dependent upon:
    • A. 

      Arrangement of atoms

    • B. 

      Rate of cooling

    • C. 

      Hardness

    • D. 

      Luster

  • 12. 
    What are some special properties of quartz?
    • A. 

      Small electrical currents

    • B. 

      Radioactive

    • C. 

      glows under ultraviolet light

    • D. 

      Small vibrations

    • E. 

      Magnetic

  • 13. 
    An unknown mineral has a weight in air of 55g and a weight in water of 44g.  What is the specific gravity of this mineral?
    • A. 

      11

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      97

    • D. 

      3.5

  • 14. 
    The powder of a mineral is called its:
    • A. 

      Streak

    • B. 

      Hardness

    • C. 

      Luster

    • D. 

      Cleavage

  • 15. 
    Metalic bonds are:
    • A. 

      Good electrical conductors

    • B. 

      Can be pliable

    • C. 

      Do not break easily

    • D. 

      Are the weakest type of bond

  • 16. 
    A minerals resistance to abrasion is known as:
    • A. 

      Fracture

    • B. 

      Cleavage

    • C. 

      Hardness

    • D. 

      Streak

  • 17. 
    ON the Moh's Hardness scale, which is the softest and hardest mineral?
    • A. 

      Talc, diamond

    • B. 

      Mica, quartz

    • C. 

      Talc, quartz

    • D. 

      Mica, diamone

  • 18. 
    The silicon-oxygen tetrahedron structure is made up of.....
    • A. 

      1 oxygen and 4 silicon

    • B. 

      4 oxygen and 4 silicon

    • C. 

      4 of each oxygen and 1 hydrogen

    • D. 

      1 silicon and 4 oxygen

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is a non-silicate mineral?
    • A. 

      Quartz

    • B. 

      Diamond

    • C. 

      Mica

    • D. 

      Nickel

  • 20. 
    What type of mining is a  shaft dug down to ore and then tunnels are dug either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal to access ore.
    • A. 

      Strip

    • B. 

      Shaft

    • C. 

      Mountain top removal

    • D. 

      Ope- pit

  • 21. 
    Coal is a mineral.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    What is the NC gemstone?
    • A. 

      Quartz

    • B. 

      Emerald

    • C. 

      Ruby

    • D. 

      Azurite

  • 23. 
    Within this mineral group, all minerals contain sulfides.
    • A. 

      Carbonates

    • B. 

      Sulfates

    • C. 

      Oxides

    • D. 

      Metalic

  • 24. 
    This mineral is considered a PURE silicate mineral.
    • A. 

      Calcite

    • B. 

      Diamond

    • C. 

      Quartz

    • D. 

      Talc

  • 25. 
    Quartz is used in which of the following items?
    • A. 

      Watches

    • B. 

      Radio transmitters

    • C. 

      Telescopes

    • D. 

      Microphones

    • E. 

      Batteries

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