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Optical mineralogy is the study of minerals and rocks by measuring their optical properties. Most commonly, rock and mineral samples are prepared as thin sections or grain mounts for study in the laboratory with a petrographic microscope. Optical mineralogy is used to identify the mineralogical composition of geological materials in order to help reveal their origin and evolution. William Nicol , whose name is associated with the creation of the Nicol prism , is likely the first to prepare thin slices of mineral substances, and his methods were applied by Henry Thronton Maire Witham to the study of plant petrifactions. This method, of significant importance in petrology , was not at once made use of for the systematic investigation of rocks, and it was not until that Henry Clifton Sorby pointed out its value.
These web pages, like all others, are constantly being updated. Currently the browser may burrow deeper into the course. Links are provided to full course notes, handouts, all overheads and an outline of the labs for the course. Properties of light and its interaction with mineral grains: reflection, refraction, polarization, interference phenomena, extinction, color and pleochroism. Transmitted light petrography in the identification and familiarization with major rock forming minerals in grain mounts and thin section. This text is available in the bookstore and will be used in this course and all petrology courses offered at Brock. It will serve as a handy reference for use in the real world after graduation.
Mineralogical Society of America , Founded December 30, Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy is a college-level textbook designed for courses in rocks and minerals, mineralogy, and optical mineralogy. It covers crystallography, crystal chemistry, systematic mineralogy, and optical mineralogy. The textbook is organized to facilitate spiral learning, with introductory through advanced chapters on each of these four topics. A chapter on hand sample identification is also included. The chapters differ in several ways from a traditional mineralogy textbook: 1 it promotes learning in a digital environment; 2 the authors use modern pedagogy; 3 it is written so that the more advanced chapters build on information learned in earlier chapters; 4 each chapter in the digital series is available separately allowing the instructor to pick and choose only those chapters needed for their specific course.
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Kimberlite rock. Polarised light micrograph of a section through kimberlite, an igneous rock. Thin Section Microscope slides. A resource for geologists, amateur and professional, to aid the study and identification of rocks minerals and fossils. Plagioclase thin section.
Content Goals: This exercise is a review of formulas, atomic weights, moles and grams, and converting weights to percents, etc. Higher Order Thinking Goals: To achieve success, students must understand and apply basic chemical principles. After completing the experiments they must analyze and interpret their results. Other goals: Students learn the importance of good, careful lab technique and of taking good notes. Higher Order Thinking Goals: This exercise involves application of basic chemical principles. Content Goals: Students learn about the details and subtle implications of some key mineral properties.
The Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy textbook and DVD-ROM provide a in electronic form (pdf) as both the complete text and as individual chapters, as well.
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