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Inorganics

Id Identification Type Name Description Distinguishing Features Tags
102 Mineral Magadiite Rare evaporite mineral common to Lake Magadi, Kenya. silicate
evaporite
transparent
colorless
55 Mineral Microcline Transparent colorless. Nonpleochroic. Low order birefringence colors. Distinctive twinning pattern from the intersection of pericline and albitic twins ("tartan plaid" or "cross-hatched") in cross-polarized light is virtually diagnostic of microcline. Tabular and cleavage fragments. Moderate relief.

See also feldspar.
tartan-twinned
low-birefringence
silicate
plaid
tartan
cross-hatch
twinned
feldspar
cleavage
transparent
colorless
7 Mineral Micronodule
148 Contaminant Mold contaminant
48 Mineral Muscovite Transparent, colorless. Strong second-order birefringence. Shredded or stringy texture common. Low relief. Usually does not look similar to biotite. Shredded
Stringy
Colorless
High-birefringence
ragged
transparent
mica
silicate