Header: Unpublished secondary SEM image of Synthetic siderite (FeCO3).

From optical to electron microscopy, nonmagnetic microscopic analyses can reveal grain textures and microstructures that tell incredible stories about a rock’s formation and depositional history. These techniques are a powerful complement to nondestructive magnetic analyses, especially when combined with dissolution and extraction methods that target magnetic grains.

Under construction. Examples to come.

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That’s no moon… Unpublished secondary SEM image of magnetic extracts from a stalagmite from Crevice Cave, MO. Scale bar pending.