Halite (rock salt) mineral
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Whatís that on your chips? Itís a mineral called halite! Halite is salt. Take a close look at grains of salt. Donít they look like mineral crystals?
The sure way to tell of a mineral is halite is to taste it. However, donít stick a mineral in your mouth. Instead, lick your finger and rub it on the mineral. Then taste your fingertip so you donít get too much of it in your mouth.
Last modified April 15, 2003 by Lisa Gardiner.
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