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Lignite thin section slide. Lignite coal and indeed all other varieties of coal are classed as organic sedimentary rocks. It has a high carbon content 25 – 35% & a moisture content up to 66%. The high volatile component of lignite is clearly reflected in the thin section view, particularly when compared with those of higher grade coals.
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Lignite thin section slide. Lignite coal and indeed all other varieties of coal are classed as organic sedimentary rocks. It has a high carbon content 25 – 35% & a moisture content up to 66%. The high volatile content makes it easier to convert into gas and liquid petroleum products than higher ranking coals. Often referred to as ‘brown coal’, it forms due to the compression of peat material. Having been under minimal compression in comparison to the higher grade coals i.e. bituminous and antracite, coarser material and plant matter is often preserved in lignite rock, this is reflected in the thin section. The slides are 30 microns thick and measure 46 x 27 mm in size and have a cover slip of the section along with a protective cardboard sleeve.
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Bituminous coal is a soft sedimentary rock with a high organic content & the tar-like substance Bitumen. It is of a lower grade than Anthracite but higher grade than Lignite.
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Cannel coal by it’s physical morphology and low mineral content is considered to be coal but by its texture & organic matter content it is considered to be oil shale. Although historically the term cannel coal has been used interchangeably.
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Cannel coal thin section microscope slide exhibiting the highly organic nature of this sedimentary rock. This material was obtained from the Alexander open cast pit in Wigan, Lancashire. Ideal for microscopy, petrography & educational use.
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Lignite or Brown Coal is a naturally compressed peat deposit. Lower grade than traditional coals & younger in age, in this case from the Miocene in Germany.
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Anthracite coal microscope slides for viewing the magnified crystals which make up these rock specimens, excellent for enthusiasts and educational use, the slide exhibits the almost carbon content nature of anthracite, made to 30 microns thick, each slide comes supplied with a cover slip and cardboard sleeve.
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Bituminous coal thin section slide.These thin sections exhibit more air pockets then their anthracite counterpart as to be expected being the less pure, more volatile rich variety. The slides are 30 microns thick and measure 46 x 27 mm in size.
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Purbeck Limestone thin section slide exhibiting densely pack shells of varying fauna. This rock is particularly interesting in thin section; numerous shells from varying organisms such as bivalves and gastropods along with numerous signs of mineral replacement and dissolution offers an opportunity to interpret the complex diagenetic history of the rock.
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Obsidian, also known as ‘volcanic glass’ is a felsic, extrusive igneous rock. Crystal growth is minimal / absent within obsidian due to rapid solidification rates which inhibit crystal growth thus giving the rock a glassy appearance.
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Rare eclogite thin section slides cut from our Norwegian eclogite hand specimens. Eclogite is a rare rock, composed of mainly two minerals, reddish-brown garnets and Omphacite (green pyroxene), our thin sections exhibit this clearly.
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Gabbro thin section exhibiting some of the textbook features one would expect from this coarse, mafic igneous rock. These slides supplement the hand specimens nicely and are useful for interpreting the crystalisation history of the rock.
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These thin sections exhibit beautiful crystals of olivine, pyroxene and augite, which often shows oscillatory zonation held within a matrix of plagioclase feldspar. The slides supplement the hand specimens nicely and are useful for interpreting the crystallisation history of the rock.
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Rhomb porphyry thin section exhibiting the textbook porphyritic texture of this rare igneous rock. The thin section shows a fine grained alkali feldspar groundmass with large phenocrysts of augite. This material was collected near Oslo in Norway.
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Travertine thin section slide. Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral rich springs, especially hot springs. It is formed by the rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the margins of a hot spring or in a limestone caves.
6 in stock
Hornblende Gneiss thin section slide exhibiting an abundance of the mafic mineral hornblende, accompanied by less abundant biotite mica, quartz and feldspar. This material was collected by staff from Southern Norway. Each section is made to 30 microns thickness and the glass is 46 x 27 mm in size, ideal for microscopy and educational purposes.
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Tufa thin section slide. Tufa is a variety of limestone, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from ambient temperature water bodies. This particular material is from the Flandrian epoch of the Quaternary Period and it was collected in Caerwys, North Wales.
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Stunning peridotite thin section exhibiting the bright and beautiful colours of olivine and pyroxene punctuated by relatively abundant plagioclase. Peridotite is a dense, coarse grained, ultramafic igneous rock consisting largely of olivine and pyroxene.
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Welded tuff thin section slide exhibiting a jumbled mass of irregularly sized broken clasts held in situ by finer ash particles which have become welded together. This material was collected from Cumbria, the original rock is likely rhyolite, and indeed in hand specimen the tuff almost still looks like rhyolite and appears to show a form of banding.
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Hornfels thin section microscope slide exhibiting a dark colour and a characteristic none crystalline form. Fine grains fit together like the fragments of a mosaic, this is often referred to as rough pavement or pavement structure. Larger quartz clasts are visible but these have recrystallised to form a fine, interlocking mosaic of quartz within the original grain cast.
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