Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 121
Spring 2007

Daily Objectives #5
(January 24, 2006)                                                                        Dr. Sanders

By the end of today’s class, you should be able to do the following:

Plate Tectonics

*  Explain what will be expected of you in Homework Assignment #2 .


* Review:  Explain the difference between rocks and minerals.

* List the characteristics that all minerals have in common. 

*  Explain what is meant by the following terms used to describe
mineral properties

           q hardness         q luster         q streak         q specific gravity (similar to density)    
      q cleavage         q color       q odor        q solubility  

* Explain how to evaluate the mineral properties listed above for a given mineral sample. 

* Using a mineral identification key, associate the name of a given mineral sample based with its properties.  (For fun, visit the online mineral identification key provided by the Mineralogical Society of America!)

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