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Crystal Identification with the Polarizing Microscope

  • Richard E. Stoiber
  • Stearns A. Morse

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-xiv
  2. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 1-30
  3. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 31-48
  4. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 49-75
  5. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 76-86
  6. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 87-101
  7. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 102-115
  8. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 116-122
  9. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 123-135
  10. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 136-158
  11. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 159-171
  12. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 172-198
  13. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 199-226
  14. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 227-246
  15. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 247-281
  16. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 282-288
  17. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 289-308
  18. Richard E. Stoiber, Stearns A. Morse
    Pages 309-324
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 325-358

About this book

Introduction

Some of the simpler measurements of optical mineralogy are so precise and powerful that they give satisfaction to beginning students. Not long after mastering the strike and dip of rock surfaces with the Brunton compass, many geology students are able to determine precisely the identity of quartz, or the anorthite content of plagioclase, or the magne­ sium ratio of pyroxene with the polarizing or petrographic microscope, by means of measuring refractive index to better than one part in a thousand. Very little training and almost no theory are needed to achieve these skills. But there inevitably comes a time when theory is needed, either to get on with the art, or simply to reconstruct from first principles what is going on, when rote memory fails. In this book we hope to provide both the rote methods and the theoretical background for practitioners at all levels of experience. We draw from several careers-ours, our colleagues', and our students' -in teaching the subject at various levels of sophistication. Our book is intended to serve the needs of industrial and forensic scientists as well as petrogra­ phers who deal with rocks. Much of our treatment is based on new research, both in matters of presentation and in the optical determination of minerals and other materials.

Keywords

classification crystal crystallography environment geology mineral mineralogy

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard E. Stoiber
    • 1
  • Stearns A. Morse
    • 2
  1. 1.Dartmouth CollegeUSA
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts at AmherstUSA

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