Focus on Sedimentary Environments

A large saline lake

The Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA

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Thin section of beach sand from southern shores of the Great Salt Lake. Plane-polarized light view. Scale bar in mm.
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The nature of the sediment

The nature of the carbonate beach sediment from Great Salt Lake should become apparent in these images. Look at the sample in plane-polarized light, and at different magnifications, then try to answer these questions:

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