Syenite, thin section, polarized LM

Syenite, thin section, polarized LM

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Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Polarised light micrograph of a thin section of syenite, a coarse-grained igneous rock, containing the mineral augite. Augite occurs as a prismatic crystal which in cross-section appears almost square or octagonal. It is a common component of basic igneous rocks such as gabbro, dolerite and basalt. Horizontal object size: 1.2 mm.

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Keywords: augite, basalt, dolerite, earth science, gabbro, geology, light micrograph, magnified image, micrograph, microscopic photos, polarised light, rock, syenite, thin section

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