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    LS-03

    Moderately sorted, subangular, matrix-supported, quartz and glauconite sandstone with calcite and hematite matrix. Quartz is undulatory with subgrain walls developing and potassium feldspar twins are deformed. Pockets of finer-grained material contain rounded epidote grains.

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    LS-05

    This porous, fine-grained, well-sorted, well-rounded, clast-supported quartz sandstone is cemented together with hematite. Clasts of microcline, hornblende, calcite, and chert are dispersed in minor amounts throughout the sample. The layering which is visible to the naked eye is unnoticeable in thin section.

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    SS-3674-6

    This porphyritic sample contains phenocrysts of augite, olivine, and pseudoleucite. Olivine has an iddingsite rim when in contact with the groundmass. The pseudoleucite phenocrysts are a colorless and cloudy, roundish eight-sided crystals with first-order grey birefringence and extinction occurs in amoeboid-shaped sections within the phenocryst. These same pseudoleucite crystals make up the majority of the groundmass, along with calcite, k-feldspar and other alteration products. Three copies of this thin section contain the contact zone itself, with a calcite and clay-rich, layered Eagle sandstone.

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    LS-07

    This micritic limestone contains lenticular, semi-spherical, and hexagonal fossils, all calcareous themselves.

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    Marble C

    Large, interlocking calcite crystals comprise this marble. This thin section is useful for finding interference figures.

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    SS-4

    Randomly oriented biotite phenocrysts dominate this thin section. The interstices between phenocrysts contain prisms of k-feldspar, anhedral masses of calcite and nephaline, and radial splays of muscovite. Opaques are equant and up to 0.5mm in diameter. The nephaline phase has a bluish cast in cross-polarized light. The groundmass phases are cross-cut by a mesh-work of clays and various alteration products. Slightly diamond-shaped rutile is pervasive throughout.

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    SC-15

    This fine-grained, hypidiomorphic, inequigranular plutonic rock is intermediate in composition, with plagioclase as the dominant feldspar. K-feldspar is present in much lower abundance, and quartz is scarce. Mafic phases include anhedral biotite and hornblende, the latter of which is strongly chloritized.

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    JPN-21

    According to the sample information sheet, JPN-21 is a crossite-epidote-amphibole-bearing blueschist. Though mineral identification is somewhat complicated by the fine-grained nature of this foliated green rock, the dominant minerals appear to be quartz, chlorite, and calcite or aragonite, all of which are elongated and strongly aligned.

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    Syros-unlabeled

    Glaucophane, clinozoisite, and muscovite define a spaced foliation with undulose, polycrystalline patches and lenses of quartz. Quartz is relatively equigranular and grain boundaries sutured and showing evidence of bulging.

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    GR-11

    Stacked, elongate, monocrystalline calcite layers.

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    74

    Composed mainly of a variably textured aggregate of antigorite and talc. Some parts are mainly fine interlaces of serpentine; others consist of both serpentine and talc completely intertwined and still other parts are mainly talcose. Veinlets and bands of these minerals, together with some carbonate are widespread. There is also considerable carbonate which appears in two types of two distinct ages 1) corroded patches of an older turbid carbonate and 2) veinlets of a younger, clear magnesite. Streaks and patches of fine-grained magnetite are common throughout.

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    57

    Chalcedonic quartz forms pseudomorphs after carbonate oolites. Both concentric and radial internal structures are preserved. Where and oolite is sectioned centrally the sandgrain nucleus appears. Both the oolites and scattered quartz sand grains are set in a matrix of fine-grained chalcedony.

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    56

    A very fine-grained brownish-gray aggregate of chalcedonic quartz, scattered specks and aggregates of slightly coarser quartz and irregular stringers and blebs of translucent to opaque organic material. Local patches and grains of fossiliferous calcite appear.

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    BB27

    A notable feature of this thin section are the large, equant and tabular, concentrically-zoned plagioclase phenocrysts with accumulations of k-feldspar around the margins. The quartzofeldspathic phases within the groundmass of the sample are subhedral in shape, often exhibiting rather cuspate-lobate grain boundaries. Subhedral biotite is scattered throughout the sample, though it frequently clusters with chlorite, calcite, and opaques in greenish aggregates, which appear in handsample as green phenocrysts.

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    BB19

    This hypocrystalline thin section contains a trachytic groundmass of plagioclase laths, biotite needles, elongate strings of quartz, and serpentine pseudomorphs. The phenocrystic population consists of rounded quartz grains, often with a calcite rim, and concentrically-zoned, euhedral to subhedral plagioclase blocks. The plagioclase is being replaced in places by calcite, which is also found in fractures within the sample.

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    15-1

    The k-feldspar in this thin section is unaltered and displays albite and tartan twins and beautiful flame lamellae. The grain boundaries between feldspars are often sutured. Interstitial calcite is present. Anhedral and altered hornblende, clinopyroxene, and biotite are distributed randomly throughout.

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    BB22

    The micas in this hypocrystalline rhyolite form euhedral needles and are generally aligned. Phenocrysts of plagioclase have been replaced by calcite and chalcedony. The groundmass of glass contains indiscernible crystals. This thin section is strongly altered and due to the fine grain size, difficult to identify minerals in.

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    CM2A

    Augite and olivine are the two predominant crystalline phases in this vesicular basalt and define a microporphyritic fabric. Iddingsite replacement of olivine is minimal. As smaller crystals, both phases, along with opaques, a feldspar, and glass, comprise the groundmass.

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    KBR13

    Described by Western Minerals Inc. as 'porphyroblastic metasediments/hybrid rocks, interpreted by Eales and his coworkers as metamorphosed 'Red Beds' Formation sediments but conceivably magmatic in origin. The specimens illustrate the range in textures and compositions.' Texturally, this fine-grained thin section is an allotriomorphic, junky intergrowth of larger, roughly rectangular feldspars with granular calcite and chlorite. Opaques are abundant.

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    GR-01

    Anhedral, interlocking calcite crystals growing around aligned, acicular glauconite and muscovite crystals. This thin section is porous and pock-marked. Skeletal garnets with numerous relict calcite inclusions are variably shaped, from beautifully euhedral, to anhedral aggregates.

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    LS-02a

    The bulk of this sample is composed of microcrystalline limestone interspersed with calcite rhombs and transected by veinlets of clay and coarse-grained calcite. According to the collectors, this sample was collected because of its replacement textures.

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    LS-04a

    Poorly-sorted, angular, clast-supported, arkosic conglomerate with large clasts of deformed quartz and microcline. Many feldspar grains are altering to clays. Deformed micas are interspersed throughout. Perthite and scotch-plaid twins are extensive. The cement is comprised of microcrystalline quartz and locally, calcite.

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    BB29

    The four phenocrystic phases in this thin section all display disequilibrium textures. Tabular plagioclase pheoncrysts are oscillatorily-zoned at the core and surrounded by as many as three distinct, cloudy, inclusion-rich rims. Quartz phenocrysts are rounded by resorbtion; thick coronas of calcite and hematite pepper, though do not entirely replace, their rims. Relict biotite phenocrysts, pseudomorphed by an opaque phase, are recognized more readily by the consistant rectancular and hexagonal shape than by the rare inclusion of the residual 'host'. These grains, frequently clustered together, have thick black rims and are sometimes infilled with a calcite-like mineral. This calcite-like mineral, frequently found replacing the biotite and as part of the quartz phenocryst coronas, is also observed pseudomorphing a tabular-shaped mineral found both as a phenocryst and part of the groundmass. The calcite seems to be replacing rectangular serpentine phenocrysts, presumably, pyroxene pseudomorphs themselves. The trachytic groundmass consists predominantly of microlites of plagioclase, prismatic opaques, glass, and the periodic rectangular calcite pseudomorph. Granular hematite veins cross-cut the thin section.

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    LS-01

    A moderately-sorted, subrounded quartz sandstone with a calcite cement. Microcline and albite are present in smaller amounts than the quartz clasts. A luster-mottling texture is present, in which the calcite cement forms crystals larger than the clasts it cements, as indicated by the optical continuity and parallel twins across large portions of the thin section's cement. Layering is observed in thin section by zones of abundant cement alternating with more clast-supported, calcite-poor zones. Most quartz clasts show undulatory extinction and subgrain development.

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    BB21

    A groundmass of glass, clay, calcite, indiscernible quartzofeldspathic crystals, and small, spherical aggregates of chalcedony dominate this sample. Phenocrysts of biotite and calcite pseudomorphs after plagioclase (presumably) comprise the phaneritic crystal population.