Optical Mineralogy

Greg Finn, Brock Unversity

This resource is an outline of a course on optical mineralogy. Topics include Properties of Light, Refractometry, Isotropic Materials, Anisotropic Minerals, Optical Properties, Uniaxial Minerals, and Biaxial Minerals. This website features tables with the optical properties of many minerals, along with thin section photographs and lecture notes. The website would be useful for students of mineralogy interested in using optical properties to identify minerals.

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Part of the Cutting Edge collection. The NAGT/DLESE On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Course Type: Upper Level:Mineralogy
Topics: Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy, Solid Earth
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:MineralogyKeywords: mineralogy, optical mineralogy