Experiments with Rocks and Minerals

Experiments with Rocks and Minerals


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What Have You Found?

How Are Minerals Different from Rocks?

Experiment 1: Making a Mineral
Experiment 2: Making a Fossil

What Types of Rocks Can You Find?

Experiment 3: Making Sedimentary Rock
Experiment 4: Making of Other Types of Rock
Experiment 5: Testing for Limestone

Why Are Minerals Important?

Experiment 6: Making Different Shapes
Experiment 7: Taking Out the Minerals

Fun With Rocks and Minerals

Experiment 8: Testing the Minerals in Rocks

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    • True of False: Infared lights make minerals fluoresce or glow.

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