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What is a mineral? The quiz!

Krystal the quartz By now you should understand what a mineral is. Look at the objects below and remember what defines a mineral. Once again, a mineral is a naturally occurring inorganic solid, with a definite chemical composition, and an ordered atomic arrangement!

Test yourself - which of the objects below are minerals?


Quartz 1. Is quartz a mineral?

Yes or No

Think about it.
Does anybody make quartz?
Where do you think it is found?
Click on the answer you think is correct - Yes or No


Granite 2. Is granite a mineral?

Yes or No

Think about it.
What do you think it is made of?
It has lots of different types of crystals and they are all jumbled up together.
Click on the answer you think is correct - Yes or No


Gold 3. Is gold a mineral?

Yes or No

Think about it.
Can you make gold?
You make gold jewellery, but where do you find gold nuggets?
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Amber 4. Is amber a mineral?

Yes or No

Think about it.
Do you know where amber comes from?
We do not make amber, but something else can.
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Charcoal 5. Is charcoal a mineral?

Yes or No

Think about it.
You find it after you have had a fire.
It is black and looks like a mineral, but where does it come from?
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Hematite 6. Is hematite a mineral?

Yes or No

Think about it.
It may not look like a gemstone, but where do we find it?
What do you think it looks like?
Do you think people make it?
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Plastic 7. Is plastic a mineral?

Yes or No

Think about it.
Who makes plastic?
It may look pretty inorganic, but do you know what plastic is made from?
Click on the answer you think is correct - Yes or No


Icebergs 8. Are icebergs minerals?

Yes or No

Think about it.
They are not found in underground mines, but do icebergs occur naturally?
Are icebergs solid?
What are they made of?
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Now that you know what a mineral is, return to the Minerals homepage to learn more.

Still confused? If you read these pages and complete the quiz, you should have a pretty good idea of what a mineral is.

Defining a mineral
Why is a mineral like a cake?
The tricky bits ... atoms, molecules and the rest
What is a mineral? The quiz!