Identification Tables for Common Minerals in Thin Section

John Faithful, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

This resource is a table for the identification of minerals with a petrographic microscope. The table lists minerals and their properties, including color in thin section, refractive index, extinction and extinction angle, interference figure, birefringence, twinning and other notes. The table is available in html for web viewing and RTF for printing.

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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: Scientific Resources:Collection, Datasets and Tools:Datasets
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Observational Data
Topics: Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy, Solid Earth
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:MineralogyKeyword: optical mineralogy