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Shapes of Mineral Crystals

Some mineral crystals have six sides. Others have eight sides, 10 sides, or even more! How many sides do the minerals in your collection have?

These pictures show some of the shapes that minerals can have. Do any of your minerals have these shapes?


All images are Windows to the Universe Originals
Last modified July 17, 2007 by Lisa Gardiner.

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The Fall 2010 issue of The Earth Scientist, focuses on rocks and minerals, including articles on minerals and mining, the use of minerals in society, and rare earth minerals, and includes 3 posters!

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