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Optical Properties of Minerals: Luster, Light Transmission, Color & Streak

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Minerals that are impenetrable to light are referred to as _____.

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1. Gold has a shiny appearance and is said to have a _____ luster.

2. Why is color generally not a good diagnostic property for identifying minerals?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Focusing on the different ways minerals can look, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the optical properties. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include minerals that transmit light, as well as knowing about the shine that some possess.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Minerals that transmit image and light
  • Name for a shiny appearance
  • Why color identification isn't useful
  • Definition of a mineral
  • Appearance of a mineral in powdered form

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding why color identification isn't useful and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the geological definition of a mineral
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related optical properties of minerals lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the corresponding lesson called Optical Properties of Minerals: Luster, Light Transmission, Color & Streak. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what minerals are
  • Identify the properties of minerals
  • Describe what gives rise to a mineral's luster
  • Explain the difference between transparent and translucent
  • Appreciate which minerals can leave a streak
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