15 Examples of Mixtures Around Us

Mixtures are all around us, both naturally occurring and man-made. Some examples of mixtures include air, saltwater, trail mix, granite, and carbonated beverages. These mixtures consist of two or more distinct substances, but the different components are not chemically bonded together. The components retain their identities and can be physically separated.

15 Examples of Mixtures

Here are some most common examples of mixture:

1. Salad

A salad consists of different vegetables, cheese, meat and nuts mixed together. Each component retains its identity and could be separated, making a salad a mixture.

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2. Granite

Granite is an igneous rock composed chiefly of quartz and feldspar crystals with other minerals like mica and amphiboles mixed in, creating a speckled appearance. It is a heterogeneous mixture of visibly distinct components.

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3. Soil

Different proportions of small rock particles, organic matter from decayed leaves and animals, water and air make up soil. The different components are visibly distinct even as they combine into the soil mixture.

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4. Blood

Though it may look uniform, blood actually carries red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, proteins and other components all mixed together in liquid plasma. Blood is a tissue fluid mixture.

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 5. Crude Oil

Crude oil consists of complex hydrocarbon compounds mixed in a solution that have higher molecular weights than natural gas. These all form a highly viscous oil mixture.

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6. Clouds

Clouds are visible accumulations of very tiny water droplets and/or ice crystals mixed with dust particles and gases like nitrogen and sulfur oxides in the air. Clouds have multiple phases in the same fluid mixture.

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7. Trail Mix

Trail mix consists of nuts, raisins, chocolate, seeds, dried fruit and cereals mixed together in variable proportions but each component retains its separate form and identity.

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8. Italian Salad Dressing

Oil, vinegar, water, sugar, salt, spices and other flavorings are combined in Italian dressing, retaining separate phases and identities. The ingredients are visible and layer by density making it a salad dressing mixture.

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9. Alloys

Alloys are mixtures of metals or a metal combined with other elements. Brass is an alloy mixture composed of copper and zinc. Components retain identities but new properties emerge.

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10. Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are liquid mixtures typically made of blended fruit, vegetables, milk or yogurt, juice, ice, and sweeteners like sugar, honey or sweet whey protein powder. Each input remains distinct.

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11. Soda Water

Carbonated sodas are aqueous mixtures where carbon dioxide gas gets dissolved into water under pressure. Gaseous carbon dioxide retains a separate molecular identity when mixed into the liquid.

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12. Sea Water

Sea water contains salt, water, some microorganisms, and gasses dissolved into it. These components combine to create a mixture.

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13. Italian Pasta Salad

This pasta salad brings together mixtures within mixtures! Separate ingredients like tomatoes, cheese cubes, sliced pepperoni, and olives all get tossed with salad dressing and rotini pasta twists, itself a flour and watermixture that is shaped and dried.

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14. Coffee with Cream

Coffee and liquid cream combine to create a colloidal suspension mixture where the tiny particles of cream fat globules get evenly dispersed throughout the water.

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15. Neapolitan Ice Cream

This popular ice cream flavor is a frozen mixture of three distinct flavored ice creams – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry – packed side by side in a block with each component visibly distinct.

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