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Optical Mineralogy, Study of Minerals With the Petrographic Microscope
This website contains an introduction to the principles of optical mineralogy. Topics include the petrographic microscope, light, thin sections, and basic theoretical concepts. The website features text illustrated with ample photographs, drawings, diagrams and movies. The site also contains self-tests using photomicrographs. This resource is a useful tutorial for an introduction or a review of optical mineralogy.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-653
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Carlos Dorronsoro Diaz
Instituto de Optica Daza Valdes

Author: Bernabe Dorronsoro Diaz
Universidad de Malaga

Author: Carlos Dorronsoro Fdez
Universidad de Granada

Author: Aruro Garcia Navaro
Univ Extremadura