Cleavage

 

What is it?

How is it seen?

1 cleavage direction

2 cleavage directions

3/4 cleavage directions

Without cleavage

 

What is it?

This is the tendency of minerals to split in a uniform fashion along a series of parallel planes.

These planes correspond to the most dense reticulated planes which are known as cleavage planes.


How is it seen?

Under the microscope, the cleavage planes are translated into one or more surfaces of parallel straight lines, as we can see from the figure.

 

 

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