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Micro fossils or just dreaming

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Looking at a commercially made thin section of Kyanite, I thought or rather hoped the image showed evidence of micro fossils.

Can anyone shed some light on these images?

This link is to a full section view using Photoshop's Deep Zoom feature.

http://theqcc.hennig.ca/Dec/11/index.html

The photos were  taken through a polarizing microscope adapter on a Stemi305 edu microscope.

Photo 1 is a small version of the full scan at 8x. The original full scan is 22,000x 18,000 pixels.

Kyanite-ZX-.8_2493_Full14.jpg

Photo 2 is of a small section at 20x.

Kyanite-ZX-2_2492.jpg

Photo 3 is the same area at 40x. The maximum magnification of the microscope.

Kyanite-ZX-4-2491.jpg

 

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Cool pics, but sorry I don't have a clue!

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Maybe if you have a few continuous thin sections, you could look at them like an MRI scan and infer it that way…

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When a crystal forms not all of it is in the same molecular alignment and there are often other mineral/crystal inclusions.  The difference of the angle of the light will cause different colors to be apparent (like a rainbow).

When looking at a thin slice You will see all of these things as grains of different appearance.

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Very neat pics. If these were showing cross sections of something like foraminifera I’d expect to see some kind of regular structure or pattern. I’m not seeing that, but if I’m missing something please let me know. But again, from someone with a general interest in geology, I can appreciate your exploration.

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PS No microfossils, just intergrown minerals.

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Thanks for the answer.
 

How do I take down a post that is not fossil related?

 

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6 minutes ago, The QCC said:

How do I take down a post that is not fossil related?

Leave it here, others may learn from it also.

Tony

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