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Question 1: Early writing on mineralogy, especially on gemstones, comes from ancient ________, the ancient Greco-Roman world, ancient and medieval China, and Sanskrit texts from ancient India.
Akkadian EmpireBabyloniaAssyriaSumer

Question 2: Biomineralogy is a cross-over field between mineralogy, paleontology and ________.

Question 3: ________ are used to determine the atomic arrangements of minerals and so to identify and classify them.
X-rayRadiation therapyIonizing radiationNuclear fusion

Question 4: ________ mineralogy is a specific focus of mineralogy that applies sources of light as a means to identify and classify minerals.
OpticsOptical fiberAnti-reflective coatingTransparency and translucency

Question 5: There are a few minerals which are classified as whole elements, including sulfur, ________, silver, and gold, yet the vast majority of minerals are chemical compounds, some more complex than others.

Question 6: Mineral substances belonging to the cubic system pertain only one ________.
OpticsDispersion (optics)Refractive indexMetamaterial

Question 7: Historically, mineralogy was heavily concerned with ________ of the rock-forming minerals; to this end, the International Mineralogical Association is an organization whose members represent mineralogists in individual countries.
Folk taxonomyTaxonomyMilitary taxonomyBiological classification

Question 8: [1] Books on the subject included the ________ of Pliny the Elder which not only described many different minerals but also explained many of their properties.
Roman technologyNatural History (Pliny)GoldDe architectura

Question 9: Systematic scientific studies of minerals and rocks developed in post-________ Europe.
Western art historyRenaissanceBaroqueItalian Renaissance

Question 10: A good example of isomorphism classification would be the ________ group, containing the minerals calcite, magnesite, siderite, rhodochrosite, and smithsonite.
Calcium carbonateCalciteAragoniteCarbon


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