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Identifying Minerals

Year Level(s) Years 7-10
Subject Area(s) Science SOSE Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Geology / Mineral Formation Rocks & Minerals
Resource Type Fact Sheet
Publish Date 17th Apr 2012

Minerals can be identified based on their physical properties. The main properties used to identify minerals are described in this activity, and students are then asked to identify the ten common ore minerals.

NB Activity works best if students are provided with samples of chalcopyrite, pyrite, bauxite, sphalerite, haematite, magnesite, galena, magnetite, malachite and azurite.


Australian Curriculum content statements
Science: ACSSU153 (8)

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