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Optical Mineralogy
This resource is a 43 page pdf document on the principals of optical mineralogy. Topics include light, the polarizing light microscope, the refractive index, optical classes and indicatrix theory, the relationship of optical properties to crystal chemistry, and advanced methods in optical mineralogy. The website features both text and figures.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003 University of Idaho. All rights reserved
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-651
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Mickey E. Gunter
University of Idaho