Density of Minerals

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Variety of Minerals

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Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Society for Mining, metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)


Density is an intrinsic physical property of minerals that relates to the composition of the mineral and to the pattern in which the mineral’s atoms are arranged. “Intrinsic” means that the property is the same for the mineral, no matter what the size or shape of the sample. In this activity, students will measure and compare the densities of minerals.

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