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Guide for Identifying Names of Minerals & Rocks

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I just wanna ask if you have any "Guide for Identifying Names of Minerals & Rocks" while holding or seeing the actual mineral or rock itself... Thank you very much!!! :)

asked Feb 12, 2012 by Ronwaldo Collado (120 points)

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Here's a few online resources that may help.

How to Identify Minerals: 10 Steps to Mineral Identification

Mineral Properties and identification procedures

MINERAL IDENTIFICATION KEY II

If you want a book, try Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification - Values - Lapidary Uses

If you have a specific mineral that you have, post a picture and maybe we can help.

answered Feb 12, 2012 by yohaas (1,030 points)

Those really helped a lot!!! Thanks!!!

Another question: For instance, someone showed me a mineral or a rock, how would I know its name??? What properties would I consider???

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This takes lots of practice and experience. Well-established collectors can often visually identify colors and habits and be able to identify a mineral. My advice is to read some books, study mineral, and visit museums and rock shows and eventually you'll get the hang of it...

answered Feb 13, 2012 by hershel (46,480 points)

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