McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams

Home » Rocks and Minerals » Mineral Identification Chart

Art's Mineral Identification Chart


Printable Mineral Identification Chart

This mineral identification chart was created Art Crossman as a college course project at Mansfield University in 1997. He did an outstanding job, organizing minerals on the chart in a systematic way - according to their properties. His mineral identification chart has been used in mineralogy and phycial geology courses at Mansfield University ever since. In addition, later students have used Art's chart in presentations made at meetings of the National Science Teachers Association. Now his mineral identification chart is available to students and teachers via the world wide web. It is an excellent example of how a great piece of work becomes popular and benefits many people. Thanks Art!



Mineral Properties Emphasis:

The chart is based upon mineral properties and has four pages. You can change the pages by clicking on the tabs in the lower left corner of the Excel window. The first page contains information about metallic and submetallic minerals. Pages 2 through 4 contain nonmetallic minerals. The left column sorts the minerals into those that break with cleavage and those that break by fracturing. Next minerals are sorted by hardness with the hardest being found at the top of each cleavage/fracture group. Information about additional mineral properties such as streak, color, luster, diaphaneity, specific gravity and more is also given on the chart.


Mineral Information for Your Students:

If you would like to share this chart with your students please link to this page so they can see a description of the chart and read the story about how it was created. Art decided that he could do a better job than the chart provided by his professor and his efforts were successful!

Teachers appreciate the chart because the mineral specimens and properties included on the chart can be edited. This allows modification to suit the mineral specimens available in their classroom, the grade level of their students and the terminology that they prefer to use in while teaching. You can download Art's mineral identification chart by using your right mouse button on the link below and saving it to your hard drive. You can then print it and use it right away.



Mineral Specimens:

Minerals listed on the chart include: goethite, sphalerite, biotite, graphite, pyrite, hematite, magnetite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, bornite, epidote, orthoclase, plagioclase, nepheline, augite, hornblende, apatite, serpentine, dolomite, fluorite, barite, calcite, phlogopite, chlorite, muscovite, kaolinite, halite, gypsum, talc, corundum, tourmaline, garnet, quartz, olivine, limonite, and bauxite - but you can add as many others as you want or delete any that are present.



Mineral Search software by Mineralab

- Version 4
Mineral search software

Minimum System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista or 7. Microsoft .NET 2.0 (on CD). CD-ROM Drive. 120 MB of Hard Disk Space.
800x600 Display Resolution.
Description form the CD: "Mineral Search is a powerful and user-friendly tool for the mineral and gem enthusiast, offering a large database of gems and minerals, with photographs, along with name search and property search tools to identify your stones. Mineral Search also includes an attractive photo-rich browser to easily view the minerals in the database. For the avid collector, use the program to catalog your mineral and gemstone collection, and for the serious mineralogist or gemologist, add more minerals and gems to its flexible database." The database has 20 properties for each of the 700 minerals in it.
Only $69.00



Find it on Geology.com




More from Geology.com


gem photos
100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
Sand
Sand is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
Solar System Volcanoes
Solar System Volcanoes: Earth is not the only location of volcanic activity.
US Gemstones
United States Gemstones: A diversity of gemstones are produced in the United States.
Fluorescent Minerals
Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Iolite
Iolite is the gem variety of the mineral cordierite. An alternative to sapphire and tanzanite.
Gemstones
Gemstones: Fantastic images and articles about colored stones and diamonds.
California Earthquake Maps
California Earthquake Maps: A collection of isoseismal maps for earthquakes in California.


© 2005-2014 Geology.com. All Rights Reserved.
Images, code and content of this website are property of Geology.com. Use without permission is prohibited. Pages on this site are protected by Copyscape.