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Minerals Are Composed of Elements

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Minerals are made of elements, which are the building blocks of all matter. Elements are organized in the periodic table of elements. Everything is made up of combinations of one or more chemical elements. Some elements can naturally combine to form regular, inorganic crystal solids. Structures like this are called minerals—the building blocks of rocks. Featured Scientist: Carol de Wet, Ph.D.


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Grades 5-8 Standard B. Chemical elements do not break down during normal laboratory reactions. One hundred known elements combine to produce compounds and make up all living and nonliving things.

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