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The most useful rocks for microscopic investigation are those igneous rocks known as plutonic. These may be looked upon as aggregations of minerals that have crystallized from the fused state that possess a certain interesting majestic images when evaluated under petrographic polarizing light microscopes. And as the individual mineral have not all formed simultaneously, it will readily be understood that the first-formed minerals have had the best chance of developing that shape to which their own constitution would lead. The growth of the later-formed minerals has naturally been impeded by the first comers, and the one crystallizing last of all has been compelled to fit itself into the space left by the earlier-formed crystals. It will be seen, then, that such rocks will show minerals having their own form or idiomorphic, minerals with their own form imperfectly developed, and minerals whose form has no connection with their own constitution or allotriomorphic. Such forms will be found more clearly exhibited under geological polarizing light microscopes.


            Further, even those minerals that are idiomorphic will show different outlines according to their position in the rock and this can be seen much more clearly visible and majestically exhibited under polarizing microscopes. The beginner mineralogy student will be able to form some idea as to the possibilities of variation in form by studying the case of a hexagonal prism like a six-sided lead pencil. A longitudinal section would show a rectangle, a transverse section would show a regular hexagon, and an oblique section would show an irregular hexagon, all of which are splendidly exhibited under polarized light microscopes. The shape will then be found varying with the degree of obliquity. Other possibilities will occur as noticed by more observing individuals when viewing sections under petrographic polarizing microscopes.


            Having indicated the number of possible cases, it is important to note that when evaluating mineral sections, it is not often that a perfectly idiomorphic constituents is found. When they would be possibly found, they are extremely useful as a means of identification. Much more frequently the hint that can be found is just a mere indication of their exact form. The variations of forms are so numerous that it is almost impossible to give summaries in terms of crystallography. It may however be stated that sections of cubic crystals are rarely elongated while many sections of crystals with lower symmetry exhibits this character.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 at 3:36 am
Minerals Characteristics in Ordinary Transmitted Light
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