Diopside

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Plane-Polarized Light

Crossed Polarizers


The rounded grains with good cleavage in the plane-polarized view below are diopside. The surrounding material is mostly calcite. The diopside has high relief because its refractive index is strongly different from the calcite.

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Same field in crossed polarizers. The bright interference colors are typical, as is the occurrence. Diopside is a common mineral in calc-silicate marbles.

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Created 10 Oct 1997, Last Update 16 December 1999

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