Focus on Sedimentary Environments

Sombrero Beach, Marathon, Florida Keys, USA

Identifying carbonate grains

This is not an easy task! Many of these grains are difficult to identify, and almost none show their original shape, as they have been broken during sediment transport. Others have been extensively altered by microbial micritization.

The following may be identified:

As well as skeletal carbonate fragments, quartz grains are present

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Thin section of beach sand, viewed in plane-polarized light

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