1 Physical Properties of Minerals

Elizabeth Johnson

The best way to practice observing and correctly identifying physical properties of minerals is by doing it in person.  It is impossible to feel the relative weight of a mineral or the way it smells or tastes, for example.  These exercises are meant as a selective review of some of the physical properties than can be observed.

Match the Definition: Physical Properties


Drag the correct luster on top of each mineral.


Drag the correct streak color to each mineral.


Cleavage and Fracture

Match the type of cleavage to each mineral. Two minerals have no cleavage.


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