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Testing the Hardness of a Mineral (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
This web site provides a tutorial on how to test the hardness of a mineral. The hardness of a mineral is one of the most diagnostic and easy tests to perform in the attempt to identify an unknown mineral. Hardness is a measure of a mineral's resistance to abrasion and reflects the atomic structure of a mineral. A comparative hardness scale is also provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-672
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Alan Levine
Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Maricopa Community Colleges