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.
This sample is a strongly mylonitized pelitic schist with a continuous schistoscity defined by strongly alligned biotite, fibrous sillimanite, and opaques and interspersed with discontinuous quartz and k-feldspar ribbons. K-feldspar is strongly sericitized. The sense of shear is ambiguous.
The layering in this fine-grained amphibolites is defined by bands of amphibole alternating with granoblastic quartzofeldspathic layers. Granular aggregates of epidote are dispersed randomly throughout the rock. Fractures cross-cutting and off-setting the layering are more visible with the naked eye then under the microscope, though one fracture (with no offset) is filled with a seam of epidote. A couple of porphyroclastic and poikiloblastic chlorite grains are clearly truncated by the fractures.
This unfoliated sample contains randomly oriented, subhedral hornblende, with large poikiloblastic and deformed chlorite clasts. The matrix of this thin section is predominately poikiloblastic feldspar with occasional calcite crystals. Embayed chlorite grains are found with aligned inclusions of epidote, calcite, and feldspar.
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.
Strongly aligned actinolite crystals define a strongly folded foliation with lenses of subparallel chlorite crystals.
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.
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
Without a handsample it is difficult to know if BR-05 is a phyllite or a schist, though the composition and texture are clearly metamorphic. Moderately-aligned muscovite makes up the bulk of this sample. Interspresed throughout are aligned prisms of biotite and kyanite.
This sample is an almost monomineralic hornblende amphibolite with trace occurances of poikiloblastic orthoclase and biotite. Biotite growth concentrates along the margins of a high relief, clear mineral with fifth-order birefringence, extreme enough that the inclusions appear to not go extinct. Rarely are radiaiton halos observed in hornblende crystals.
A foliation defined by aligned hornblende is cross-cut by a seam running from the upper-left to lower-right of the thin section. The seam is coarse-grained and unfoliated with a quartzofeldspathic margin and grains of resorbed, subhedral clinopyroxene in the middle.
This strongly foliated amphibolite shows evidence of mimetic growth of k-feldspar into elongate crystals due to restriction of a preexisting fabric defined by amphibole and micas. The dominant mica phase, chlorite, has anhedral (almost skeletal) grain shapes. Hornblende is the same. Both phases are highly embayed. Several hornblende grains contain euhedral feldspar 'inclusions' and the classic amphibole grain shape is lost along its margins due to encroaching feldspar grains. Chlorite tends to be associated with elongate epidote crystals or granular aggregates. Dusty fracture zones trace across the fabric of this sample and are filled with cataclastic breccia and glass. Euhedral apatite and small, rounded to larger, anhedral titanite grains are dispersed throughout the thin section, typically oriented with the foliation.
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.
This thin section is a jumbled mess of serpentine, chlorite, calcite, quartz, and other unidentifiable minerals. Texturally, it looks reminiscent of a basalt.
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.
This thin section consists of several zones. The first, a fine-grained glaucophane schist. The boundaries between individual glaucophane crystals frequently blur. Aggregates of sphene are stretched out lines paralleling the complexly folded foliation. This zone is abruptly cut by a green, omphacite-rich band, bordered on each sided by a greater concentration of sphene. In the third zone, the glaucophane fabric is interleaved with elongate aggregates of omphacite, epidote and sphene.
Fine-grained glaucophane, the primary constituent of this blueschist, is aligned to form a foliation. Sphene is visible to the at the macroscopic scale and ranges in grain shape from euhedral diamonds to skeletal masses. Sphene twinning is evident.
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.
Grain boundaries between the quartz and feldspar phases in this sample are consistently lobate, often with finer-grained subgrains rimming each crystal. Quartz in undulatory. The mica phases are subhedral and often resorbed, with kink bands causing undulose extinction along the length of the grain. Along one edge of the thin section is a seam dominated by clinozoisite. A hematite stain gives a dusty orange appearance to the feldspars and fractures within the sample contain higher concentrations of the phase.
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.
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.
This sample has a granoblastic texture defined by feldspars, garnet, and pyroxene. Crystals of all phases are roughly equant in shape. Alteration is concentrated along the rare hornblende grains and more commonly throughout the pyroxenes. Calcite and apatite are accessory phases and chlorite is found as an alteration product.
The foliation in this sample is due in part to aligned hornblende crystals and also to a slight compositional layering. The hornblende grains concentrate in layers of larger grains, with smaller, less abundant layers dominated more by granoblastic quartzofeldspathic phases. Lenticular layers of inclusions within the quartzofeldspathic layers lend a cloudy appearance to portion of the rock. Larger grains of epidote are evident by their classic yellowy-green pleochroism. Small, rounded, colorless titanite crystals are found throughout.
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.
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.