Rocks and Minerals

Characteristics

Rocks:

  • Forms in nature
  • Solid
  • Usually made up of 1 or more type of mineral
Minerals:

  • Forms in nature
  • Solid
  • Has a definite chemical makeup
  • Has crystal structure

Examples

  • Tungsten: light bulbs
  • Silver: film and batteries
  • Clay: flower pots
  • Fluorite: toothpaste
  • Talc: lipstick and powder
  • Gold: jewelry
  • Mercury: thermometers
  • Gypsum: casts
  • Copper: pipes and wiring
  • Salt: in foods and can eat

How Rocks and Minerals Impact Us

Rocks and minerals impact us everyday of our lives. Rocks and minerals make us lots of things all around us. They are a part of our everyday life.