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Habit: The Descriptive Term Used in Mineralogy

Habit: The Descriptive Term Used in Mineralogy

This description includes all the crystal’s visible characteristics, general shape, and its crystallographic forms, as well as how developed each form is.   In mineralogy, shape, and size give rise... Read More

Crystallography

All minerals are crystalline. If a mineral is allowed to grow unhindered it will develop a characteristic three-dimensional shape, a crystal. A crystalline material is a solid in which the... Read More
Crystallography
Crystal Systems - The Six Classifications

Crystal Systems - The Six Classifications

According to the maximum symmetry of their faces; the systems are cubic (isometric), hexagonal/trigonal (regarded as a single system), tetragonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, and triclinic. Each system is defined by relative... Read More