Rocks and Minerals

Characteristics

Minerals:

  • Forms in nature
  • Solid
  • Has definite chemical makeup
  • Crystal structure
Rocks:

  • Forms in nature
  • Solid
  • Made of 1 or more type of mineral

Examples

  • Mercury: thermometers
  • Fluorite: toothpaste
  • Talc: lipstick and powder
  • Gold: jewelry
  • Steel: cars
  • Aluminum: planes
  • Tungsten: light bulbs
  • Graphite: paints and pencils
  • Silver: film and batteries
  • Clay: flower pots

Why it is Important

Rocks and minerals are very important to us. We use them everyday and almost everything we use is made of a rock or mineral. If we didn't have rocks and minerals in our lives we wouldn't be able to do much.