The Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness
Mohs hardness scale has been used by geologists since 1822. It is a relative hardness scale consisting of ten different minerals, with talc (1) being the softest and diamond (10) being the hardest. In the field we can scratch an unknown mineral against known minerals and determine relative hardness, which helps to identify field specimens. Click on any link below to see each mineral's characteristics.
Click on any of the hardness scale buttons, Mineral Thumbnails or mineral names found in the table below for additional information.
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