What Is the Definition of Metallic Minerals?

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Minerals are naturally occurring substances that are solid and amorphous. They are described by different physical properties such as crystal structure, luster, hardness, color, fracture and more. Metallic minerals are minerals that contain metallic elements.

Metallic minerals are extracted from mineral deposits, which are concentrations of metallic minerals produced by geological processes. Some metallic minerals contain valuable metals, such as copper, gold, nickel, lead, zinc or platinum.

To extract these metals, the metallic minerals must be chemically processed. The extracted metals are extremely valuable and used for many different purposes. They are also used in many different fields, such as manufacturing, construction, engineering, technology and science.