Lunar Minerals
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Lunar Minerals

The Lunar sourcebook defines a mineral as "a solid chemical compound that (1) occurs naturally; (2) has a definite chemical composition; (3) has a definite ordered arrangement of atoms; and (4) can be mechanically separated from other minerals in the rock."

That precise definition is important to geologists; it helps classify things. For the rest of us, that means "minerals are what rocks are made of."

Nearby Topics

M. About the Moon
   M 1. Introduction to Appendix M
   M 2. Historical Lunar Exploration
   M 3. The Lunar Environment
   M.4. Geologic Processes
   M 5. Lunar Minerals
      M 5.1. Silicates
      M 5.2. Oxides
      M 5.3. Sulphides
      M 5.4. Native Metals
      M 5.5. Phosphates
      M 5.6. Meteoritic Minerals
   M 6. Moon Rocks
   M 7. Lunar Regolith
   M 8. Chemistry
   M 9. Physical Properties of the Lunar Surface
   M 10. Global and Regional Data About the Moon
   M.11. Observing the Moon

Articles About This Topic

Lunar Minerals Introduction

Lunar Minerals Glossary

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