Perthite mineral

Perthite mineral

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Caption: Perthite, thin section viewed in polarized light. Perthite is a rock formed from interspersed layers of sodium and potassium feldspar minerals. Feldspars are aluminosilicates that are the most common components of igneous rocks (those formed from magma).

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Keywords: earth science, feldspar, geology, interspersed, layered, layers, mineral, minerals, perthite, polarized light, potassium, rock, rocks, sectioned, slice, sliced, sodium, thin section

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