Properties of Minerals
This section of the hall depicts the physical, chemical, optical, and other properties of minerals.
To understand the properties of minerals, we need to see how atoms, the fundamental building blocks of minerals, fit together.
The physical properties of a mineral depend on the kind of atoms it is composed of and, more critically, the way these atoms fit together to form the mineral's crystal structure.
The chemical properties of minerals mainly reflect the chemical properties of the atoms present in each.
Color in minerals results from the way light interacts with certain atoms, or groups of atoms, present in the mineral.