How to Identify Minerals
How to Identify Minerals
This interactive guide illustrates mineral identification techniques through photos, animations, video demonstrations, quizzes, and laboratory investigations. Learn mineral properties and structures and use the database included in the app.
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You will Learn:

  • what minerals are and how they are different than rocks
  • how the atomic structure influences the formation of minerals
  • how and where minerals are formed
  • how the various types of minerals are grouped
  • which properties of minerals can be used to identify an unknown mineral
  • techniques to observe and measure those properties
  • a procedure for identifying an unknown mineral sample

Features Include:

  • hundreds of high resolution photos of minerals by Dennis Tasa
  • HD videos that demonstrate actual mineral identification techniques
  • an intuitive navigation style: swipe, drop-down menu, thumbnail gallery
  • drop-down menu with audio controls, access to a glossary, and table of contents
  • narration that can be turned off/on
  • interactive quizzes that are scored
  • optional essay questions that are not scored
  • all quiz results can be copied, printed, or shared
  • a searchable database of more than 50 common minerals with mineral photos and properties
  • completely self-contained, no internet connection required

Grade levels:

  • 7–13

Also available in the iOS app bundle:

System Requirements
iPad, iOS 7.1 or later
Mac OS X 10.9 or later
Windows 8.1 and 10
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
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