Properties of Minerals
Minerals are characterized by different properties which are used by mineralogists to help determine the aspects related to minerals. The various properties of minerals are physical, chemical, optical, and atomic properties. The color of the mineral, its streak, cleavage, fracture,etc. are some of the physical aspects of a mineral. The optical aspects related to a mineral are its luminescence and pleochroism. You can also find more about its properties to know about its chemical composition. Minerals thus can be classified according to similar characteristics. Many mineralogists compare minerals to consider these properties for mineral identification.