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Ice micrographs


Ice micrographs, also known as microsections, show the forms of individual ice crystals and their relative positions. In order to produce an ice micrograph, a single segment of an ice core is cut into an extremely thin slice (<1 mm), which is then viewed between two crossed polarizers.

Thin section of sea-ice under crossed-polarized light.