Orthoclase and Microcline Photos 
Cochise College               
Photos of Minerals
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Roger Weller, geology instructor

wellerr@cochise.edu     copyright 2010-R.Weller 

orthoclase-Carlsbad twinned crystal-1
A twin crystal is a structure where two or more crystals of the same mineral are
growing together, oriented in a specific crystallographic direction.  This particular
type of orthoclase feldspar twinning is referred to as a Carlsbad twin. 
The specimen is a little under 2 centimeters in length.


orthoclase                                                                                                                          carlsbad1
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Just credit photo to R.Weller/Cochise College.