Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Geo 730: Jan. 21, Day 386: Sepentine In Situ

Another one of Dana's photos, this shows how the serpentine appears in the outcrop. There are innumerable criss-crossing shear zones, and the serpentine fills those faults, to a greater or lesser thickness. Where it's thicker- say, on the order of a millimeter or more- one can often pry the translucent mineral away from its host rock. The host rock here is also mostly serpentine, but microcrystalline, and pretty dull.

Photo by Dana Hunter, unmodified. May 8, 2013. FlashEarth Location. Indexed

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