Fabric Analysis Techniques

  • Neal R. O’Brien
  • Roger M. Slatt


Based upon our experience, we suggest studying the fabrics of argillaceous rocks by combining three techniques: x-radiography, petrography, and scanning electron microscopy. Each provides useful information of macrofabrics revealed by radiography and thin-sections, and microfabrics revealed with the scanning electron microscope (SEM). Thus, argillaceous rock fabric analysis is a three-step procedure.


Clay Quartz Dust Epoxy Shale 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neal R. O’Brien
    • 1
  • Roger M. Slatt
    • 2
  1. 1.Geology Department Potsdam CollegeState University of New YorkPotsdamUSA
  2. 2.Research and Technical ServicesARCO Oil and Gas CompanyPlanoUSA

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