This site is meant to be a quick, easy reference for Mineralogy students, particularly those learning to find their way around thin sections. Here you will find:
- Explorable images of over 70 common minerals in hand sample and in thin section, along with brief summaries of their physical and optical properties, and videos of them rotating in plane and crossed polars
- Explorable images of common rocks in hand sample and in thin section
- Some things that trip everyone up at least once
- Links to resources with more detailed information, should you need it
Unless otherwise stated, all images are part of the Mid-Atlantic Geo-Image Collection.
Unless otherwise stated, all mineral data is taken from Mineralogy, Dexter Perkins, 3rd Edition.