Polarised LM of a thin section of gabbro rock

Polarised LM of a thin section of gabbro rock

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Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Gabbro. Polarised light micrograph of a thin section of gabbro, an igneous rock. Gabbro is coarse-grained, containing the minerals olivine and plagioclase feldspar. Olivine is recognised here by its irregular shaped crystals, with randomly oriented fractures. Plagioclase feldspar forms lath- shaped crystals. Specimen of rock obtained from the Bushveld range in the Transvaal, South Africa. Magnification: x8 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: earth science, gabbro, geological, geology, light micrograph, mineral, olivine, plagioclase feldspar, rock, rocks

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