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Eye of the thin section by Shirimasen Eye of the thin section by Shirimasen
This is a cross-polarized photomicrograph of a highly altered mineral in a thin section from Bushveld Complex, South Africa. Not sure what it was originally, but it seems to have altered to iron oxides and white micas.
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Heleanor1 Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder if this was brought from the Platinum bearing ore body which is mined by PGM and Wesizwe Platinum?

The highly altered nature of the slide is interesting, I have never come across anything quite like this, and I have seen more thin sections that I have had hot dinners!

I wonder if you would have any more information on this... I can see low relief feldspars surrounding it, and the texture looks plutonic, but I've been wrong before!

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Shirimasen Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your question! I'll have to ask my adviser more about these thin sections, since they're not my area of study. I just went through her collection looking for something beautiful to share. I'll see if I can get back to you on your questions in the near future. :]
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this is awesome!!
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Shirimasen Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! It's such a beautiful micro-world that is around us. :]
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Trinitite Mar 1, 2012  Student General Artist
The color alterations on that are fascinating!
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Shirimasen Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, isn't it? I found this looking around my advisor's thin section collection. Lucky find. :]
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Fuyu-no-sakura Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, another nice shot of a thin section. You really have an eye for the ones which are also very artistic in their ways!
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Shirimasen Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, thanks! That means a lot to me. :hug:
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