Marble, polarised light microraph

Marble, polarised light microraph

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Credit: ANTONIO ROMERO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Marble. Polarized light micrograph of a thin section of marble. Marble is a calcareous metamorphic rock, derived from fairly pure limestone (calcium carbonate). It is composed of crystals of calcite. The calcite crystals (stripes) in this sample show sutured edges and lamellar twinning and are arranged parallel to the diagonals of this rhombohedral cleavage. Magnification: x180 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: anisotropic, anisotropy, birefringence, birefringent, crystal, crystal structure, earth science, geological, geology, light micrograph, light microscope, limestone, lm, marble, metamorphic rock, metamorphism, microcrystalline, mineral, mineralogy, polarisation, polarised light micrograph, polarization, polarized light, recrystallization, recrystallized, rock, stone, thin section

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