Mica, light micrograph

Mica, light micrograph

E425/1086 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.5MB

Downloadable file size: 5.1MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thin section of mica. Polarised light micrograph of micaceous minerals (a group of silicate minerals) within a thin section of mica. Mica would normally display perfect cleavage, the tendency to split along definite crystal planes. This is because the flakes of mica from which it is comprised show parallel alignment. Here this is not the case, and brightly-coloured flakes of muscovite, the most common mica mineral, show a wavy pattern. Biotite can also be seen in brown hues. The alignment of the flakes is down to the deformation forces of the rock that accompany the formation of the mica. Magnification: x2.9 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: aligned, biotite, bright, cleavage, colours, cross section, cross-section, cut, deform, deformation, earth science, flake, flakes, forces, geological, geology, interference, light, light micrograph, light microscope, metamorphic, metamorphic rock, mica, micaceous, mineral, mineralogy, multicoloured, muscovite, pattern, patterned, patterns, polarised, polarized, process, processes, rock, rocks, section, sectioned, silicate, slice, split, stone, thin section, thin specimen, transmitted, wavy, well-aligned

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.