Minerals identify

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Cassiterite

Oxide mineral

Cassiterite is a tin , SnO2, but it is translucent in thin crystals. Its luster and multiple crystal faces produce a desirable gem. Cassiterite was the chief tin ore throughout ancient history and remains the most important source of tin today.

Identification

Color of mineral

Black
Brown
Red
Yellow
Grey
White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

6

The streak

Brown

Density ( specific gravity )

1.99
2.093

Luster ( interacts light )

Adamantine
Metallic
Greasy

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Tetragonal