Which mineral has cubic cleavage with a salty taste?

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thilina-g | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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It can be either of common salt or rock salt (both NaCl) or potassium salt (KCl). They all have a cubic cleavage and salty taste.

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sid-sarfraz | Student, Graduate | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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Halite (Salt) is the mineral that has cubic cleavage with a salty taste.

Following are the characteristics of Halite:-

  • Isometric 
  • Colors: white, tinted blue, reddish
  • Glassy
  • Hardness: 2.5
  • Specific gravity: 2.1 - 2.6 
  • Perfect cubic cleavage

Halite, sodium chloride (NaCl), is the most abundant of the EVAPORITE minerals.

  • As rock salt, it is a major source of sodium and chlorine;
  • As table salt, it is used to flavor food and is an essential dietary constituent  

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