Sunday, 27 March 2011

Muscovite and mica ~

Muscovite is the most common form of mica, the latter of which has a multitude of industrial uses, from cosmetics to electronics, the construction industry and many more. 

In the image below the characteristic structure of fine laminated sheets of mica can be seen.  In other respects this charming specimen has proved an elusive subject for my camera: it is highly reflective and a lovely gold, and neither quality comes across accurately here.  I'll hope to take a better image some time.

Lepidolite is also a form of mica, which I have written about separately.

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