LM of a thin section of gabbro rock

LM of a thin section of gabbro rock

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Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Gabbro from Huntly, Scotland. 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. Horizontal object size 1.2 mm.

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