Special Pyroxenite 1 - with X-ray maps
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Description: 

This pyroxenite sample is different from others in the Geolab collection in having extra layers - in this virtual microscope they are false colour X-ray maps, generated with an electron microprobe. The sample was subjected to a scanning beam of electrons and the X-rays generated were built up into an elemental map in much the same way as a TV image is created. This technique can reveal information about a sample that is not possible (or is difficult) to collect from an optical image. The opaque minerals chalcopyrite, pentlandite and pyrite can all be positively identified with these images.

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Location description: 
The Bushveld complex, South Africa
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Moderate
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Proterozoic
Ma = Millions of years ago
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igneous
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