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Mineral Species

IMA Approved Mineral Species

There are currently 5,457 approved mineral species listed on mindat.org.

What is a mineral? (for the longer answer, read this article)

The IMA (International Mineralogical Association) defined it as:

"A mineral is an element or a chemical compound that is normally crystalline and that has been formed as a result of geological processes."

Ernest H. Nickel, IMA CNMNC, 1995

The official list of IMA mineral species is regularly updated and published here.

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To search for a mineral by name you can use this search box (or the one at the bottom of every page):

To search by physical properties, click here, or to search by chemistry click here.
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