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    In this activity, students identify the main minerals present in granite and investigate some of their properties.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • identify the rock known as granite
    • recognise and identify the main minerals present in granite
    • state some of the physical properties associated with each of the component minerals
    • effectively use optical aids such as hand lenses and simple binocular microscopes.

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    • student worksheet.
      Published 27 April 2010 Referencing Hub articles