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A Brief Introduction to Minerals


A Brief Introduction to Minerals

An introduction to what exactly minerals are and what must be true for a substance to be considered a mineral.

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Introduction to Minerals (2019)

An introduction to minerals including what they are and what criteria must be met in order for a substance to be considered a mineral.

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A Brief Introduction to Minerals


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Introduction to Minerals

This video explores minerals and the characteristics of all minerals.

Intro to Minerals (Ep. 6) [4k]

Join Michael this week for a very brief introduction to minerals, their importance, and how to begin classifying rocks.

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Identifying Minerals

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Rocks and Minerals

An Overview of Rocks and Minerals, including igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, how they form, what they may be composed of, and what physical properties they exhibit.

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Introduction to vitamins and minerals | Biology foundations | High school biology | Khan Academy

Overview of common vitamins and minerals that are important to human health.

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Minerals - What Are Minerals - What Do Minerals Do - What Are The Essential Minerals

In this video I discuss what are minerals, what do minerals do in the body, as well as minerals nutrition.


Whats up dudes, and whats up ladies, Bryan here and in this video we are going to look at minerals. This video is going to be a general overview VIDEO. I will be posting individual mineral videos in the near future.

In this video we are going to look at what minerals are. The degree at which they are absorbed. And the 2 groups they are divided into. So, Lets roll.

Minerals are an inorganic, not derived by a living matter substances needed in trace to small amounts to help regulate bodily functions, such as assisting with muscle contraction and regulating enzyme activity.

Nearly All minerals with the exception of iron are absorbed in their free form. In most cases, When a mineral is bound to other molecules the mineral absorption is impaired. Also, Mineral-mineral interactions can interfere with how well minerals are absorbed.

One example is that iron supplementation may decrease the ability of the body to absorb zinc. This is worth noting when considering taking mineral supplements.

The degree at which a mineral can be absorbed is known as its bioavailability. High mineral bioavailability can be categorized when 40% of the mineral can be absorbed. The minerals included in this category are chloride, fluoride, iodine, potassium, and sodium. Minerals that have low bioavailability 10% include chromium, iron, manganese, and zinc. All other minerals have a bioavailability of 30 to 40%.

The minerals that the body needs are called essential minerals. There are 16 of them, which I have listed on the screen. These can be divided into two groups; macrominerals and microminerals.
Macrominerals are major elements and include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulfur. These elements have a recommended daily intake of 100 mg per day or more for adults.

Microminerals are trace minerals and include chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc. Of these trace elements the only ones that have an established recommended daily intake are iodine, iron, selenium and zinc.

Bottom Line Time…A great approach is to consume A balanced diet that contains a variety of nutrient dense foods that are not highly processed, That can provide the body with the essential minerals.

0:00 Intro
0:20 What are minerals nutritionally?
1:01 Mineral absorption
1:30 What are the essential minerals?

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Mineral basics in under 6 minutes | Introduction to mineralogy

In this video I go over the basics of minerals. In under 6 minutes, you’ll know the answers to these questions: What are minerals?, What minerals are most abundant in the Earth’s crust?, and What are minerals made of? You’ll also learn the difference between graphite and diamond, why a seashell and mercury are not minerals, and why calcite gives you double vision. It’s important to learn the foundations of mineralogy if you want to learn about geology, because minerals are the building blocks of rocks! This video will give you a beginning foundation for learning more about geologic topics.

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Earth Science: An Introduction to Minerals

Welcome to the first installment of the Earth Science with RJ segment for the website, StemTutor. I am RJ, and today we will be giving a brief introduction about minerals and its cahracteristics.

Rocks & Minerals - Real World Science on the Learning Videos Channel

Max Orbit explores the world of rocks and minerals. Friendly and fun host, Max Orbit, asks questions about the world and searches for answers. This series is designed to engage students while introducing scientific principles and concepts in a fun and entertaining way. Combing animation with live video footage, the program demonstrates how rocks are formed and how they change. Students will learn to identify common minerals and identify properties of rocks.

A mineral is, broadly speaking, a solid chemical compound that occurs naturally in pure form. Minerals are most commonly associated with rocks due to the presence of minerals within rocks. These rocks may consist of one type of mineral, or may be an aggregate of two or more different types of minerals, spacially segregated into distinct phases. Compounds that occur only in living beings are usually excluded, but some minerals are often biogenic (such as calcite) or are organic compounds in the sense of chemistry (such as mellite). Moreover, living beings often synthesize inorganic minerals (such as hydroxylapatite) that also occur in rocks.

In geology and mineralogy, the term mineral is usually reserved for mineral species: crystalline compounds with a fairly well-defined chemical composition and a specific crystal structure. Minerals without a definite crystalline structure, such as opal or obsidian, are then more properly called mineraloids. If a chemical compound may occur naturally with different crystal structures, each structure is considered different mineral species. Thus, for example, quartz and stishovite are two different minerals consisting of the same compound, silicon dioxide.

The International Mineralogical Association (IMA) is the world's premier standard body for the definition and nomenclature of mineral species. As of November 2018, the IMA recognizes 5,413 official mineral species. out of more than 5,500 proposed or traditional ones.

The chemical composition of a named mineral species may vary somewhat by the inclusion of small amounts of impurities. Specific varieties of a species sometimes have conventional or official names of their own. For example, amethyst is a purple variety of the mineral species quartz. Some mineral species can have variable proportions of two or more chemical elements that occupy equivalent positions in the mineral's structure; for example, the formula of mackinawite is given as (Fe,Ni)
8, meaning Fe
8, where x is a variable number between 0 and 9. Sometimes a mineral with variable composition is split into separate species, more or less arbitrarily, forming a mineral group; that is the case of the silicates Ca
4, the olivine group.

Besides the essential chemical composition and crystal structure, the description of a mineral species usually includes its common physical properties such as habit, hardness, lustre, diaphaneity, colour, streak, tenacity, cleavage, fracture, parting, specific gravity, magnetism, fluorescence, radioactivity, as well as its taste or smell and its reaction to acid.

Minerals are classified by key chemical constituents; the two dominant systems are the Dana classification and the Strunz classification. Silicate minerals comprise approximately 90% of the Earth's crust. Other important mineral groups include the native elements, sulfides, oxides, halides, carbonates, sulfates, and phosphates.

A rock is any naturally occurring solid mass or aggregate of minerals or mineraloid matter. It is categorized by the minerals included, its chemical composition and the way in which it is formed. Rocks are usually grouped into three main groups: igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sedimentary rocks. Rocks form the Earth's outer solid layer, the crust.

Igneous rocks are formed when magma cools in the Earth's crust, or lava cools on the ground surface or the seabed. The metamorphic rocks are formed when existing rocks are subjected to such large pressures and temperatures that they are transformed—something that occurs, for example, when continental plates collide. The sedimentary rocks are formed by diagenesis or lithification of sediments, which in turn are formed by the weathering, transport, and deposition of existing rocks.

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