Mica Photos       
Cochise College               
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Roger Weller, geology instructor

wellerr@cochise.edu     copyright 2010-R.Weller 

 
muscovite  with inclusions
Muscovite is KAl3Si3O10(OH)2
Normally, a thin sheet of high grade muscovite mica is almost perfectly clear and

transparent.  However, sometimes impurities of rutile and various oxides of iron are

present and create patterns rivaling modern art.  Often the impurities align with

crystallographic directions within the muscovite, creating hexagonal network

patterns.
 


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