Imaggeo On Monday: Blue cements in Jurassic rocks?

Imaggeo On Monday: Blue cements in Jurassic rocks?

Staining of thin sections and rock slabs is a method of identification that has long helped researchers to distinguish certain minerals which often otherwise appeared very similar. Modern studies have now largely replaced this method of identification with more analytical techniques that usually provide a higher degree of certainty, such as analysis with a microprobe or Scanning Electron Microscope. However, despite the higher degree of certainty these technologies provide, the fact remains that they are often expensive and not always readily available, thus staining remains an option for researchers looking for a fast, cheap and easy method to indicate the presence of certain minerals – especially in the field.  This image shows Bathonian bryozoals and calcitic cements precipitated from several phases of ferrous fluid palaeocirculations, sampled from Normandy in the Paris Basin, France. Staining was performed following the Dickson’s method (Dickson, 1966).

Photo by Remi Charton shared on


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