This note explains the
properties of light and its interaction with mineral grains. Also describes
transmitted light petrography in the identification and familiarization with major rock forming minerals in grain
mounts and thin section.
This PDF covers the following
topics related to Optical Mineralogy : Light, Polarizing light microscope and
geological samples, Refractive index and its measurement, Optical classes -
indicatrix theory, Relationship of optical properties to crystal chemistry,
Advanced methods in optical mineralogy.
Author(s): Mickey E. Gunter, Department of Geology and Geological
Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
This PDF lab manual covers the following topics related to Mineralogy and
Optical Mineralogy : Introduction to the Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy,
Analytical Equipment for Identifying Minerals, Introduction to the Polarized
Light Microscope , Polarization and Vibration Direction of Light,
Properties of Minerals, Physical Properties of Minerals, Optical Properties of
Minerals, Characterization of Minerals, Framework Silicates, Sheet Silicates,
Chain Silicates, Orthosilicates, Non-Silicates, Special Projects, Build Your Own
Spindle Stage and Use With EXACLIBR W, Mineral Collection.
Author(s): Brittani D. McNamee and Mickey E.
Gunter, University of North Carolina, Asheville, University of Idaho,
This note covers
the following topics: Mineral Properties, Mineral Composition Variability, Unary
Phase Diagrams, Piezoelectricity, Binary Phase Diagrams, Pyroelectricity,
Internal Order and Symmetry, Properties of Light, Atoms and Quantum Numbers,
Crystal Systems, Optical Properties of Minerals, Periodic Table, Crystal Growth,
Optical Indicatrix, Bonding in Minerals, Twinning, X-ray Crystallography,
Coordination Principle, Color in Minerals, Radius Determination Magnetism,
This note explains the following
topics: Crystallography and Mineral Chemistry Calculations, Atomic Structures
and Ionic Substitution, Mineral Classification and Related Concepts, Physical
Properties, Non Silicates.
This note covers the following
topics: Introduction to Light, Polarized Light, Refractive Index , Cross
Polarized Light and Interference, Essential Principles of Chemistry, Ionic
Coordination and Silicate Structure, Symmetry, Mineral Chemistry, Analytical
Methods in Mineralogy, Photoshop Primer, Minerals and Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary
Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks, Hydrothermal Systems, Minerals and Health.