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 What is a Mineral?
 The Name of Minerals
 Classification of Representative Minerals
 Mineral and Human Life
 Mineral Collection and Characteristics
 Objective and Future Prospect of Digital Mineral Collection


  What is a Mineral?
A mineral, a natural object and an element, usual occurs with specific physical properties and chemical composition. Mineral is essential for the formation of the rock, ore, and soil. According to the study of mineralogy, a mineral is defined as follows:
a. A mineral is a naturally occurring homogeneous solid, formed by single element or inorganic compound;
b. A mineral is a body produced by the processes of inorganic nature;
c. Every distinct chemical compound occurring in inorganic nature, having a definite molecular structure or system of crystallization and well-defined physical properties, constitutes a mineral species;
d. Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic substances with a definite and predictable chemical composition and physical properties.
   Mineral   description 



yes Paragenesis often occurs between hexagonal aquamarine and muscovite; both aquamarine and muscovite are the valuable minerals nourished by the nature.

(Museum Collection Number:NMNS000906-P003213)

no Amber is the formation by an organism, pine resin, and it is not a mineral.
Golden ring, silver necklace, and pencil lead are made of minerals. On the contrary, artificial gems, amber formulated by pine resin, pearls, and calculus inside the human bodies are not minerals.



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