Science & NatureRock & Mineral Identification Flowchart
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Following these steps are not absolute or infallible for finding out if the Unknown Sample in your hand is a Mineral, an Igneous Rock, a Sedimentary Rock, or a Metamorphic Rock, but these steps will work at least 95% of the time. You won't have a flowchart like this during a test, so try to remember these steps as best you can!

Start with an Unknown Sample:

               

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