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    JN-01

    Moderately aligned hornblende prisms dominate this rock and give it its green color. Interspersed among the hornblende is a granular matrix of quartz and k-feldspar. Biotite and epidote appear periodically. The layering in this thin section is controlled by variation in grain size of the hornblende minerals.

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    Ralph

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

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    23-5A

    A continuous foliation defined by aligned euhedral biotite characterizes this fine-grained sample. Granoblastic quartz and feldspars fill the voids between biotite crystals. Small, equant opaqes are distributed evenly throughout.

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    ERB-0X3

    In this sample, a spaced, anastamosing schistoscity defined by biotite, garnet, hornblende and opaques wraps around deformed feldspar lenses which display undulose extinction and bent growth as well as deformation twins. Polyganized quartz and feldspar mantles the feldspar porphyroclasts. Quartz ribbons are prevalent throughout this sample. The sense of shear is ambiguous.

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    quartzite A-E

    A seriate-interlobate texture defines this quartzite. Grain boundary migration is evident from thickened and lobate grain boudaries. Subgrain walls are prevalent, as is undulose extinction. Recrystallization textures are present in portions of the thin section. Useful for finding interference figures

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    A-6-7

    A continuous foliation for this sample is defined by aligned hornblende, micas, elongate quartz grains and granular aggregates of epidote and clinozoisite. Quartz is either equant or elongate with a granular texture. The hornblende phase is generally subhedral in shape, as are biotite crystals, which appear to be pseudomorphing an earlier mineral phase as evidenced by abundant inclusions. Radiation halos can be found in this sample though their occurrance is rare.

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    21-4

    The foliation in this coarse-grained rock is the result of compositional layering; discontinuous hornblende-rich zones separate poikiloblastic plagioclase-rich regions. Albite and Carlsbad twins in the feldspars are almost entirely obscured by randomly-oriented inclusions of sericite.

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    SYH-1F

    A contact between blueshist and an omphacite boudin is captured in this thin section. The blueschist side is strongly foliated due to aligned glaucophane with interspersed sphene and minor muscovite and chlorite. The contact itself is an aggregate of sphene with interstitial chlorite and clinozoisite. Omphacite is the dominant mineral on the other side of the contact, though some glaucophane, muscovite, sphene, and clinozoisite is present. Quartz rims surround reddish opaques.

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    SYH-3D-1

    This thin section consists of several zones. The first, a fine-grained glaucophane schist with accessory sphene and zoisite. Microcrenulations cause the boundaries between individual glaucophane crystals to blur. This zone is abruptly cut by a green, omphacite-rich band. In the third zone, the glaucophane fabric is interleaved with elongate aggregates of omphacite and other accessory minerals.

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    SYH-1GG

    The fabric in this thin section is more disordered than others from this suite. All phases commingle and an alignment of elongate phases amidst many equant phase forms a weak foliation. Garnet and omphacite form porphryclastic, poikiloblastic grains.

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    SYH-1S

    Strongly aligned actinolite crystals define a strongly folded foliation with lenses of subparallel chlorite crystals.

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    AMA004E

    The elongate minerals, glaucophane, clinozoisite and muscovite define the foliation in this sample, which is tightly folded in a crenulation cleavage.

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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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    J-26-11C

    This strongly foliated sample contains mostly hornblende crystals, the alignement of which defines the schistoscity. A granoblastic texture consisting of quartz, and highly poikiolblastic k-feldspar is interspersed among the hornblende grains. Occasional subhedral epidote and calcite grains crop up through the thin section. Of special note are a series of fractures that obliquely cross-cut the foliation; cataclastic textures can be observed along these zones. Small, rounded, colorless to light brown titanite crystals are present.

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    ERB-03

    In this mylonitized sample, biotite, sillimanite, and the opaques define a spaced schistoscity overprinting a background matrix of seriate-interlobate quartz and feldspar. The foliation wraps around polymineralic porphyroclasts with fish-like shapes. The sense of shear is ambiguous. A lineation is defined by aligned sillimanite and biotite.

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    25-2

    The hornblende crystals in this thin section are prismatic and subhedral to euhedral in shape. They are strongly aligned. Filling in between the amphiboles are altered feldspars, granular epidote crystals and euhedral apatites.

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    ERB-06a

    This thin section contains two distinct populations. The background 'matrix' consists of seriate-interlobate feldspar and quartz, with both phases exhibiting microstructures indicative of strain. A decussate fabric of biotite, chlorite, kyanite, and opaques are distributed in pods throughout the quartz and feldspar 'matrix'. Close examination of these pods reveals poikiloblastic host mineral, presumably k-feldspar, which is almost entirely obscured by inclusions. Zircons with radiation halos are extensive within this poikilobastic phase.

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    FT-1

    The foliation in this rock is defined by aligned lawsonite, chlorite, glaucophane, and calcite. Lenses of quartz are rare. Euhedral though skeletal garnets have overgrown the foliation, and inclusions within the garnet are often continuous with though at an angle to the dominant foliation indicating garnet growth during deformation. This thin section has a greasy-looking film on the surface that makes it difficult to focus clearly.

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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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    SYH-1D-2

    Glaucophane, muscovite, sphene, and elongate aggregates of epidote-group minerals define the foliation in this thin section. Poikiloblastic garnet and omphacite grains contain inclusions which include glaucophane and rutile and the host minerals show resorption textures.

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    0620-1B

    Strongly aligned, microcrenulated glaucophane is the primary constituent of this blueschist. Sphene and muscovite are much less abundant.

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    SYH-20

    This paragonite schist is peppered with euhedral and aggregated clinozoisite. A few phengitic pods with large zoisite grains are found.

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    GR-05

    The omphacite in this thin section is variably sized. Larger crystals are interspersed with granular aggregates; all are dusty due to alteration to clays. Interstitial muscovite is common and variation in birefringence indicates differing compositions or degrees of alteration of the micaceous phase.

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    SYH-1E

    Glaucophane, muscovite, sphene, and elongate aggregates of epidote-group minerals define the foliation in this thin section. Poikiloblastic garnet and omphacite grains contain inclusions which include glaucophane and rutile.

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    ERB-09b

    This metamorphosed granite has a weak spaced foliation defined by moderately aligned elongate minerals and slight compositional layering. The opaque phases are segregated into two discrete bands, along which, large quartz grains show a crystallographically preferred orientation, causing them to appear nearly isotropic. Alternatively, this nearly isotropic phase could be untwinned leucite, however, an the lack of twins and association with the remaining phases is unlikely. The chlorite and muscovite phases appear to be collectively pseudomorphing a preexisting phase, as evidenced by dark, elongate inclusions within the chlorite grains.