A Key for Identification of Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin by Andrew J. Barker

By Andrew J. Barker

Structured within the kind of a dichotomous key, reminiscent of these standard in botany, the mineral key presents an effi cient and systematic method of choosing rock-forming minerals in thin-section. This special approach covers a hundred and fifty+ of the main more often than not encountered rock-forming minerals, plus a number of rarer yet noteworthy ones. Illustrated in complete color, with 330+ top of the range mineral photomicrographs from a global selection of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, it additionally presents a accomplished atlas of rock-forming minerals in thin-section.

Commencing with a quick advent to mineral structures, and the houses of minerals in plane-polarised and cross-polarised gentle, the mineral key additionally comprises line drawings, tables of mineral houses and an interference color chart, to additional reduction mineral id. To minimise the opportunity of misidentification, and let much less skilled petrologists to exploit the foremost with self assurance, the foremost has been prepared to prioritise these houses which are most simply recognised.

Designed for simplicity and simplicity of use, it really is essentially geared toward undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of mineralogy and petrology, yet must also supply a priceless resource of reference for all training geologists facing rock thinsections and their interpretation.

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Within Section 2 many of the couplets then rely on the precise value for extinction angle, hence the importance of selecting the right crystals for this determination. Accurate measurements can be made by positioning the crystal in the centre of the field of view, and lined up with the cleavage trace or crystal edge N-S. Once done, the orientation of the microscope stage is recorded using the fixed vernier scale present on one edge. Having noted a figure for the first position, the stage (and crystal) are then rotated left and right from the N-S position to the find the point of extinction.

Metapelites, or some eclogites; common. (1l) KYANITE XPL x100 (1l) Kyanite in ky-bt schist; Ross of Mull, Scotland. 95 Max 1st ord.  BARYTES XPL Barytes in vein; Porth y Corwgl, Anglesey, Wales. 96 Note: Corundum with well developed parting could possibly be confused, see Section 5. x50 44â•… A Key for Identification of Rock-forming Minerals in Thin-Section 21 2 CLEAVAGES at 90° (1m or 1n); (1m) (1n) ISOTROPIC (or almost so) 22 ANISOTROPIC24 22 High relief (1n) Low or moderate relief PERICLASE 23 23 Colourless (primary mineral or vesicle fill of basic and intermediate igneous rocks) ANALCITE PPL Analcite in teschenite; Edinburgh, Scotland.

013 (yellow) for Bytownite and Anorthite. st Plagioclase (labradorite) in troctolite; Sierra Leone. XPL 117 x50 Section 2: 1 Cleavage trace, inclined extinction 55 3 Max. Extinction angle < 12° (2d) OLIGOCLASE Max. Extinction angle >12°4 12° - 27° 0° - 12° (2d) 27° - 40° (2e) (2f) 4 Max. Extinction angle 12–27° (2e)5 Max. Extinction angle >27°6 5 Low +ve relief Low –ve relief ANDESINE ALBITE 6 Max. 009) LABRADORITE Max. Extinction angle > 40° max. interf.  7 7 Max. Extinction angle 40–52° (2g).

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