U.S. Department of the Interior
Gale A. Norton, Secretary
U.S. Geological Survey
P. Patrick Leahy , Acting Director
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia: 2005
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Produced in the Western Region, Menlo Park, CaliforniaManuscript approved for publication,Text edited by James W. Hendley IILayout and design by Judy Weathers and Susan MayfieldCover. A thin slice of an igneous rock viewed under a polarizing microscope. The colors and textures can be used toidentify minerals and the rock type. This rock is from South Africa and contains economically important deposits of Plati-num Group Elements (PGE). Similar rock types are used as decorative facing for buildings and also for countertops.