Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
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Mineral Fracture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1573

When subject to an external stress, a crystal does not necessarily break along the crystal surface, but a new surface can form, which is called a mineral fracture. There are several types of fractures, such as conchoidal (quartz), serrated (native copper), uneven (pyrite) and smooth (K-feldspar) fractures.

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