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Find out how to identify minerals (...and learn what shape, luster, color, streak, hardness, cleavage and fracture are all about!)
Meet some other nonsilicate minerals!
This is gypsum! It often forms as a layer of the bottom of a salty sea. Sometimes it forms in sandy areas like deserts and little sand grains are trapped between the gypsum crystals. This makes the crystals look like they are made out of sand.
There is probably some gypsum in your house and school! Gypsum is in plaster, which is used to make walls and molds of your teeth at the orthodontist's office.
Last modified June 12, 2003 by Lisa Gardiner.
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