By Andrew J. Barker
Structured within the kind of a dichotomous key, corresponding to these familiar in botany, the mineral key presents an effi cient and systematic method of settling on rock-forming minerals in thin-section. This new angle covers one hundred fifty+ of the main mostly 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 offers a complete atlas of rock-forming minerals in thin-section.
Commencing with a short advent to mineral structures, and the homes of minerals in plane-polarised and cross-polarised mild, the mineral key additionally contains line drawings, tables of mineral homes and an interference color chart, to extra reduction mineral id. To minimise the opportunity of misidentification, and let much less skilled petrologists to exploit the foremost with self belief, the major has been prepared to prioritise these houses which are most simply recognised.
Designed for simplicity and straightforwardness of use, it really is basically geared toward undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of mineralogy and petrology, yet must also supply a important resource of reference for all working towards geologists facing rock thinsections and their interpretation.
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When the extinction position bisects the angle between two cleavages, as typically occurs in end-sections of pyroxenes, it is said to be symmetrical extinction. 1, it was explained how white light is polarised into a single plane when it passes through the lower polariser. This polarised light hits the underside of the thin-section as a wave vibrating in a single plane. However, immediately on entering the crystal the light splits into two rays (ordinary ray and extraordinary ray), vibrating in separate planes at right-angles to each other.
In such cases, when the microscope stage is rotated, each arm of the “cross” rotates into the field of view and out again in sequence (see Fig. 6–10 of Ehlers, 1987a). Such situations are normal and still of use, since by rotation of the stage the uniaxial character can still be confirmed. Having confirmed the uniaxial nature of the mineral, the next step is to determine the optic sign. This is done by inserting the gypsum “red” plate or quartz wedge. The choice depends on the appearance of the interference figure, which will vary according to the birefringence of the mineral.
CHLORITOID(◻) PPL (1f ) Chloritoid (end-section) in chloritoid phyllite; Tarkwa, Ghana. -brn. to dark chestnut brown pleochroism. 2V = 44–90°. brown HORNBLENDE (Oxo-HORNBLENDE)(◻) PPL Oxo-hornblende phenocryst in andesite; Plomb du Cantal, France. x100 85 Note: The black iron-oxides often seen around the edge of Oxo-hornblendes result from resorption effects. , 2013). -brn to red-brn. pleochrosim. 2V = 74–82°. KAERSUTITE(◻) (previously called BARKEVIKITE) PPL Kaersutite phenocrysts in syenogabbro (“lugarite”); Lugar Sill, Lugar, Ayrshire, Scotland.
A Key for Identification of Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section by Andrew J. Barker