What is mineral?

  • (adj): Composed of matter other than plant or animal.
    Example: "The inorganic mineral world"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A mineral is a naturally occurring substance that is solid and stable at room temperature, representable by a chemical formula, usually abiogenic, and has an ordered atomic structure. It is different from a rock, which can be an aggregate of minerals or non-minerals, and does not have a specific chemical composition. The exact definition of a mineral is under debate, especially with respect to the requirement a valid species be abiogenic, and to a lesser extent with regards to it having an ordered atomic structure. The study of minerals is called mineralogy.

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Mineral, Virginia - 2011 Earthquake
2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was centered 5 miles (8 kilometers) south-southwest of Mineral, at a depth of 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) ... The roof of Mineral's town hall collapsed, and three of the six schools in the county's school system suffered heavy damage ...
Joqqā - Culture and Sights - Mineral Water
... The Gulustan mineral water is in the bed of the Alinjachay (Alinja River), at 2.5 km distance from the village of Gulustan, in the territory of Julfa region ... The mineral water is extracted from the well of 135 m in depth which was drilled in 1962 ...
Mineral Rights - Major Elements
... The five elements of a mineral right are the right to use as much of the surface as is reasonably necessary to access the minerals, the right to further convey rights, the right to receive ... The owner of a mineral interest may separately convey any or all of the above-listed interests ... Minerals may be possessed as a life estate, which does not permit a person to sell them, but merely that they own the minerals so long as they live ...
... Augen (from German "eyes") are large, lenticular eye-shaped mineral grains or mineral aggregates visible in some foliated metamorphic rocks ... Feldspar, quartz, and garnet are common minerals which form augen ... porphyroblast or porphyroclast of a hard, resilient mineral such as garnet ...
Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show
... The Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show, also known as Mineral Gem in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, is an international fair on nature-related arts and mining products that takes place in this Alsatian village, whose ... The Mineral Show dates back, like the Mineralientage (Munich, Germany), in the early 1960, when Francois Lehmann organized a small mineral exhibition ... The actual appearance of the Mineral Show started in 1966 when it consolidated the first weekend of July as a fair dates ...

More definitions of "mineral":

  • (noun): Solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition.
  • (adj): Of or containing or derived from minerals.
    Example: "A mineral deposit"; "mineral water"
  • (adj): Relating to minerals.
    Example: "Mineral elements"; "mineral deposits"