Table of Contents
I. THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS.
What Is Light?
Polarization of Light and the Polarizing Microscope.
The Velocity of Light in Crystals and the Refractive Index.
Interaction of Light and Crystals.
Other Mineral Characteristics in Thin Sections.
II. IDENTIFYING MINERALS IN THIN SECTION.
Detailed Mineral Description.
Appendix A: Common Opaque Minerals.
Appendix B: Isotropic Minerals Ordered by Refractive Index.
Appendix C: Uniaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index.
Appendix D: Biaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index.
Appendix E: Minerals Ordered by Interference Colors and Sorted by Optic System and Optic Sign.
Appendix F: Alphabetical List of Minerals and Mineral Properties.