Guidelines for Mystery Mineral Report The following are some guidelines on the content and structure of the report and some topical suggestions. • Keep it SHORT and CONCISE) Length: 2-3 pages (additional pages for figures, tables, and references is OK!). • Report MUST include the following: 1. ABSTRACT – summarize your identification of the material in a single concise paragraph based on three or four of the most important diagnostic features that you determined based on observations and data that you actually collected. 2. MAIN BODY (that contains the following subheadings…) • Background Information – a description of basic information on the chemistry, and atomic structure pertaining to the mineral class (subclass of silicate, carbonate, sulfate, phosphate, etc.) that your mystery mineral belongs supplemented with tables and/or figures. • Physical/Optical/Analytical Data – compile results of all observations that you performed and determined (i.e., physical and optical properties, XRD, SEM-EDS results. This should be a written summary in paragraph format that is supplemented with tables and/or figures. • Additional details – such as physical properties and optical properties (that you did not determine yourself), geologic and geographic occurrence, economic and environmental applications/issues, and any interesting “fun facts”. These topics can be of varying length depending on your interest and available info. 3. REFERENCES CITED • Sources of Information Sprague Library – 1. General Mineralogy Textbooks (the section between QE351 and QE400). 2. Deer, Howie, and Zussman volumes – • Introduction to Rock-Forming Minerals (1st, 2nd, or 3rd editions) • Rock-Forming Minerals (1st or 2nd editions) – there are five volumes in each edition, with duplicate copies of 2nd ed, volumes 1A, 1B, and 5B. (in Sprague Library or in LS-205 cabinet) 3. Handbook of Mineralogy (tan volumes in LS-205 cabinet) 4. Encyclopedia of Mineralogy (white volume in LS-205 cabinet) Your (or any) textbook The Internet Below in the files box is an example of how the mineral report should look like which is titled (Mystery Mineral Report – Melissa Chambers) and the rest of the files are some of the data and graph results I got from my sample 8 which was an apatite mineral and I want you guys to also use it in the report as supplemental evidence to the apatite mineral.