A list of student-submitted discussion questions for Mineral Identification.
Students will learn about the process of making synthetic diamonds, look at the controversy surrounding diamond mining, and compare the atomic structure of a diamond to that of graphite.
Students will look at rocks in thin section using virtual microscope, comparing plane polarized light with cross polarized light; after becoming familiar with this tool, students will look at rock samples from the moon.
Students look at how geologists use imaging spectroscopy to identify surface minerals and then use the Mineral Resource Data System to identify mineral resources available around the world.
This study guide summarizes the key points of Minerals and Mineral Identification. You can download and customize it to suit your needs and study habits.