Review Questions for Lecture 5:  Color in minerals

1. Luster in a minerals refers to light that has been __________________.

2.  The color that we perceive a mineral to have derives from light that is ______________________?

3. What portion of the electromagnetic spectrum can we see?

4. What are the four primary mechanisms that cause  color in minerals? Describe these.

5. What is a chromophore?

6. When can we use color as an identifying tool for minerals?

7. Given an absorption spectrum, how can we determine the color a mineral will possess?