An Article In Meteorite-Times Magazine
by Tom Phillips

Dhofar (DHO) 535 Ungrouped Chondrite

More recently it has been identified as a CH ungr. The thin section is on loan from Jeff Hodges who, by the way, is excellent on the microscope as well. I hope to get him to share some of his shots in an upcoming issue.

I selected this slide at first because of it's unusual classification but then I got hooked. This slide is just amazing on the scope. I know I say that a lot, but look at the structures and colors and you will know what I am talking about.

All images are taken in transmitted cross polarized light with the addition of a 1/4 wave retardation plate. My microscope is an aus Jena Fluoval.


The whole slide.

 

A close up taken through a stereo microscope.

 

I start with a magnification of 63X.

 

This set is at a magnification of 160X.

 

Next I take it to 400X and this is where it gets beautiful!

 

And finally, 760X. It get rather abstract at this magnification but I like to think of it as meteorite art. 

 


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