I found this list of “mineral habits” in my journal from 2004-ish. 

I find the term habit in relation to mineral somehow comforting, how it lends scale, how it includes the environment in the habitual.  It feels useful to think of these patterns of growth in relation to habits of thinking.  Also, to play with these structures in poems.  For now, this is a placeholder for this idea…

needle-like:  mimetite
dendritic:  copper
platy:  autunite
cubic:  pyrite
tabular:  wulfenite
radiating:  wavelite
bladed:  sylvanite
globular:  hematite
massive/granular:  dolomite
columnar:  aragonite
prismatic:  tourmaline
striated:  wolframite