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Can calcite scratch glass?
Last Updated: 23rd February, 2020
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Also to know is, what can scratch calcite?
The hardest mineral known, diamond, was assignedthenumber 10. The Mohs Hardness Scale ranks the order of hardnessofminerals and some common objects. For example, yourfingernailcan scratch the minerals talc and gypsum, with ahardness of2 or lower. A copper penny can scratch calcite,gypsum, andtalc.
Likewise, can nails scratch glass? So there's no way fingernail can scratchglass,but sand can because sand contains tiny quartzparticleswhich is above glass hardness.
Regarding this, what will scratch glass?
Hardened steel, such as a file, can scratchglass.Titanium, chromium and even sapphires or rubies canscratchglass, while aluminum or a butter knife blademaynot.
How hard does a mineral have to be to scratch glass?
Proceeding with the glass plate, themineralis unable to scratch the glass(hardness = 5.5)at all. This mineral is about 4.0 on theMohs scale. (If amineral indeed scratches glass, youwill beunable to wipe the scratch away.)