Dictionary of Geotourism

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Mineral Brittleness

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1566

Mineral brittleness describes the extent that a mineral is crushed to a powder upon impact. Most transparent nonmetallic minerals are brittle, such as native sulphur, realgar and cinnabar. Brittleness can be used as a parameter for mineral identification.

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