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3D analysis of rock textures; quantifying igneous microstructures

Dougal A. Jerram and Michael D. Higgins
3D analysis of rock textures; quantifying igneous microstructures (in Frontiers in textural and microgeochemical analysis, Dougal A. Jerram (editor) and Jon P. Davidson (editor))
Elements (August 2007) 3 (4): 239-245

Abstract

An important goal of petrographers is to analyse rock textures (microstructures) and compositions in three dimensions, and thus fully quantify rock properties (porosity and permeability, geochemistry, crystal abundance, etc.). With the advent of serial sectioning techniques, X-ray tomography analysis and advanced image analysis, it is becoming increasingly easy to reconstruct rock textures in three dimensions. An exciting consequence is the potential to reconstruct crystal populations in three dimensions and relate their distribution to the chemical budget of a rock. Here we review the current state of the art in textural analysis techniques and consider the possibilities of virtual three-dimensional models of rock textures.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 3
Serial Issue: 4
Title: 3D analysis of rock textures; quantifying igneous microstructures
Title: Frontiers in textural and microgeochemical analysis
Author(s): Jerram, Dougal A.Higgins, Michael D.
Author(s): Jerram, Dougal A.editor
Author(s): Davidson, Jon P.editor
Affiliation: Durham University, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham, United Kingdom
Affiliation: Durham University, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham, United Kingdom
Pages: 239-245
Published: 200708
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 35
Accession Number: 2008-024045
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200808
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