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Where are gold deposits usually found?

Gold is usually found embedded in quartz veins, or placer stream gravel. It is mined in South Africa, the USA (Nevada, Alaska), Russia, Australia and Canada.

What mineral contains gold?

In auriferous quartz lodes the minerals most commonly associated with gold are iron and copper pyrites, zinc blende, galena, and tetradymite. Tellurides of gold are very widely distributed. Other minerals occurring with gold are tourmaline, calcite, uranium ochre, roscoelite, vanadinite, crocoite, wollastonite, gypsum.

How are valuable minerals formed?

When magma or lava cools, the magma and ore carried within it crystallize to form tiny minerals in the newly-created igneous rock. Minerals found in such rock might include feldspar or mica. When gold minerals are released, typically they are so heavy that they are distributed to the bottom of riverbeds.

What is the most valuable mineral?

Jadeite

What do you mean by minerals?

A mineral is a naturally occurring inorganic solid, with a definite chemical composition, and an ordered atomic arrangement. This may seem a bit of a mouthful, but if you break it down it becomes simpler. Minerals are naturally occurring. They are not made by humans. Minerals are inorganic.

Which is the best definition of a mineral?

1980, p. 401) defines a mineral as “a naturally occurring inorganic element or compound having an. orderly internal structure and characteristic chemical composition, crystal form, and physical. properties.” Minerals differ from rocks, which are naturally occurring solids composed of one or more minerals.

What are the five characteristics of a mineral?

Most minerals can be characterized and classified by their unique physical properties: hardness, luster, color, streak, specific gravity, cleavage, fracture, and tenacity.

What are four ways to identify one mineral from another?

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  1. METHODS USED TO IDENTIFYING. MINERALS.
  2. CRYSTALS. One of the best ways to identify a mineral is by examining its crystal form (external shape).
  3. CLEAVAGE AND FRACTURE.
  4. COLOR.
  5. The hardness of a mineral can be measured by its resistance to scratching or abrasion.
  6. STREAK.
  7. LUSTER.
  8. SPECIFIC GRAVITY.

What four characteristics do all minerals share?

A mineral is an inorganic, crystalline solid. A mineral is formed through natural processes and has a definite chemical composition. Minerals can be identified by their characteristic physical properties such as crystalline structure, hardness, streak, and cleavage.

What are the three main rock types?

There are three kinds of rock: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Igneous rocks form when molten rock (magma or lava) cools and solidifies. Sedimentary rocks originate when particles settle out of water or air, or by precipitation of minerals from water.