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Glossary of Earth Materials

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The scientific study of Earth's history and structure
Geology
Something you can observe, such as size, color, shape, or texture
Property
An ingredient of rocks that cannot be broken down further
Mineral
The distance around a circular object
Circumference
The distance across a circular object
Diameter
How thick an object is from top to bottom
Depth
Measures linear dimensions
Meter Tape
An earth material made up of different ingredients called minerals
Rock
When a substance mixes with water and breaks down into smaller pieces
Dissolve
A tool used to measure mass
Balance
This happens to water when it is left open to the air
Evaporates
The solid form of a mineral that can be identified by its shape or pattern
Crystal

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