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MINERALOID [1 record]

Record 1 2011-01-20

English

Subject field(s)
  • Mineralogy
DEF

A naturally occurring, inorganic material that is amorphous and is therefore not considered to be a mineral.

CONT

The term "mineraloid" is used to describe naturally occurring substances, such as water and amber, coal and petroleum (the so-called mineral fuels) which belong to the mineral kingdom but are non-crystalline and not necessarily formed by inorganic processes.

CONT

Mineraloids ... may become minerals when, over periods of time, their constituent atoms become rearranged into an orderly crystalline pattern; ...

French

Domaine(s)
  • Minéralogie
DEF

Substance inorganique amorphe qui n'est donc pas considérée comme un minéral.

Spanish

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