|Are the 'minerals' that I take to supplement my diet the same as those studied in this course?
||No. Dietary 'minerals' are chemical elements manufactured in an easily digestible form. Since they are made by people, they do not fit the geological definition of a 'mineral'. |
|What is the difference between a 'rock' and a 'stone'?
||Colloquially the words 'stone' and 'rock' may be used interchangably. To geologists, a 'stone' is either a piece of rock used in construction or else it is a cut or uncut natural gem or 'gemstone'. In this course, you should adopt the geologists' meaning. |
|Is a 'pebble' a rock?
||Yes. Roughly speaking, a pebble is a rounded rock fragment whose size is lies somewhere between that of a small pea and a tennis ball. More precise, technical definitions may be found in a geological dictionary.|
|How do I find my assigned minerals?
||Go to the ASSIGNED MINERALS web page. Your six assigned mineral numbers will be found next to you Class ID number. |
|Do I have to submit worksheet MN-3?
||No. There is nothing to submit for Minerals Part I. |