Rocks & Minerals

Rocks vs. Minerals

What is the difference between rocks and minerals? A mineral is a naturally occurring, inorganic solid with a definite chemical composition and a crystalline structure formed by geological processes. A rock is an aggregate of one or more minerals whereas a rock may also include organic remains and mineraloids.

4 Characteristics of Minerals

  • forms in nature
  • is a solid
  • has a definite chemical makeup
  • has a crystal structure

3 Characteristics of Rocks

  • minerals in rocks are jumbled together
  • naturally formed
  • made up of one or more types of minerals

Daily Impact of Rocks and Minerals

Almost everything that we use every day involves some type of mineral or rock. When you wake up you brush your teeth, you toothpaste as minerals in it. When you go to school you probably get here in some type of vehicle whether it be a car or a bus. Those have minerals in them. The buildings we learn in are made out of different kinds of rock. Everything around us is the result of rocks and minerals and that is why they are so important in our daily lives.