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

Crossed Polarizers

Below are some large zircon crystals in plane and crossed polars.

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Below is a very typical appearance of small zircons in biotite. Uranium and thorium substitute for zirconium, and their decay produces radiation damage in the surrounding material.

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