Investigation 4 “Take It For Granite” Big Ideas Q. Why do geologists use the property of streak to help identify a mineral? a. Streak is always the same for a particular material, no matter what color the sample is. Q. How do you do a streak test? a. Drag a mineral sample across a streak plate to get a powdered sample. Use a hand lens to check the color of the powder. Q. Why is it important to observe a mineral’s luster, cleavage, and other properties like magnetism? a. Knowing more than one property of a mineral makes it easier to identify the mineral Q. What do geologists use a mineral properties table for? a. You can use a mineral properties table to help identify minerals. Q. What is granite and what minerals does it contain? a. Granite is a rock made up of several mineral, including feldspar, hornblende, mica and quartz.