Definitions of Mineral
- "A mineral is homogeneous solid body, formed by natural processes,
that has a regular atomic arrangement which sets limits to its range of
chemical composition and gives it characteristic physical properties" (
Battey and Pring, 1997).
- "A mineral is a naturally occurring homogeneous solid, inorganically
formed, with a definite chemical composition and an ordered atomic
arrangement" (Mason et al., 1968).
- "A mineral is a body produced by the processes of inorganic nature,
having usually a definite chemical composition and, if formed under
favorable conditions, a certain characteristic atomic structure which is
expressed in its crystalline form and other physical properties" (Dana
& Ford, 1932).
- "Minerals are naturally-occurring inorganic substances with a definite
and predictable chemical composition and physical properties." (O'
- "These... minerals ...can be distinguished from one another by
individual characteristics that arise directly from the kinds of atoms
they contain and the arrangements these atoms make inside them"
- "A mineral is an element of chemical compound that is normally
crystalline and that has been formed as a result of geological processes."
(Nickel, E. H., 1995)