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Quartz from Mild Abrasive Cleaner Under the Microscope

Quartz from Mild Abrasive Cleaner

These are quartz particles from a "Mild Abrasive Cleaner". These particles are often left as a residue on surfaces after cleaning. Their association with detergent residues in the sample confirms that source.

Transmitted Circular Polarized Light Illumination


Quartz is a common abrasive used on some sandpapers, as an abrasive powder added to cleaning agents, and on disposable fingernail files. It is also one of the most common natural minerals.

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