Habits are the distinctive form that mineral crystals may take in different geologic settings, for instance when growing in a free space or in a particular environment. Habit can be a strong clue to a mineral's identity. Here are examples of some of the most useful mineral habits. Note that "habit" also has a meaning for rocks.
|Acicular Habit||Amygdaloidal Habit||Banded Habit||Bladed Habit|
|Blocky Habit||Botryoidal Habit||Cruciform Habit||Dendritic Habit|
|Drusy Habit||Encrusting Habit||Equant Habit||Fibrous Habit|