A mineral is a natural inorganic solid wit a set atomic structure. Each mineral has a set chemical composition and specific physical properties. There are over 300 minerals today the earth scientist has discovered. There have been 3000 minerals that have been categorized into the following categories, which I will describe to you in the next paragraphs. There are 7 different categories that it is broken down into.
The first one in siscates. To be in these categories you must have silicon and oxygen minerals to form a silicate. Oxides are anythings that has to do with metals and oxygen. Sullies are compounds of sulfur and metal. Sulfides are compounds with sulfur and oxygen. Halides include chlorine and fluorine and potassium and calcium. And last but not least there is a native element is never combines with anything.