Mica Minerals

Luster

The luster of mica is pearly.

Hardness

The hardness of mica is 2.8.

Color

Mica comes in many different color, they range from colorless to dark brown and everything in between.
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Streak

The streak of mica is colorless or white.

Crystal Formation

Mica forms in sheets naturally, they are very thin and delicate.

Cleavage and Fracture

Mice fractures unevenly and the cleavage is 1,1.

Where is it?

Mica is found in sheets in India, but in flakes in the US.

How is it mined?

Mica is mined by the traditional open pit method. When the mica is soft miners use shovels, scrapers, and dozers. When the mica is harder or in ores they drill and blast.