Physical Properties of Chert
Physical properties of rocks are used to identify the type of rocks and to discover more about them. There are various physical properties of Chert like Hardness, Grain Size, Fracture, Streak, Porosity, Luster, Strength etc which defines it. The physical properties of Chert rock are vital in determining its Chert Texture and Chert Uses.
Hardness and Strength of Chert
The physical properties of Chert depend on its formation. Physical properties of rocks play an important role in determining its applications in various fields. Rocks are rated on the on the Moh's Hardness Scale which rates the rocks on the scale from 1 to 10. Rocks with hardness 1-3 are soft rocks from 3-6 are medium hardness rocks and 6-10 are hard rocks. The hardness of Chert is 6.5-7 whereas its compressive strength is 450.00 N/mm2. Streak is the color of rock when it is crushed or powdered. The streak of Chert is white whereas its fracture is uneven, splintery or conchoidal. Luster of Chert is the interaction of light with the surface of Chert. Luster of Chert is waxy and dull. Chert cleavage is non-existent. The specific gravity of Chert is 2.5-2.8. Chert is translucent to opaque in nature whereas its toughness is 1.5. You can also know all the list of rocks in Opaque Rocks, Translucent Rocks and Transparent Rocks.