A mineral is a naturally occurring, inorganic, solid which possesses a characteristic internal atomic structure and a definite chemical composition.
If we take the definition of a mineral term by term, it becomes easier to understand.
Substances that have these features will also have distinctive physical properties such as color, crystal form, cleavage, luster, streak, etc.
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