Understanding "Inorganic"

Like "naturally occurring", the word "inorganic" is part of the definition of a mineral. This word can be confusing. It reminds many people of organic food, but in the science of geology is has a very different meaning. In this case, inorganic means that the object is not alive, and was not a part of anything that was alive.

To explore this, we will use the same materials that we used to explore "naturally occurring." You will need as many of the items from the following list as you can find: