Virtual Petrographic Microscope

Virtual Petrographic Microscope

Virtual Petrographic Microscope (VPM)

Virtual Petrographic Microscope (VPM) is a free standalone Windows and Mac OSX desktop software tool designed to aid geoscience researchers, students, and educators in rock thin section analysis without the need for a petrographic microscope. VPM allows a user to analyse prepared high-resolution images of rock thin sections on a computer using traditional features familiar to users of microscopes including stage rotation, objective zoom, and switching between plane-polarised light (PPL) and crossed-polarised light (XPL). VPM also includes a range of ‘virtual’ features such as auto-scaling grid overlays and annotation of thin section images with the ability to save, export, and import annotation files for collaboration and education. It is free to download and use.

Download Installation Files for VPM

Windows installer

Mac OSX installer

Download MQU Thin Section Image Datasets

Igneous Samples Metamorphic Samples Sedimentary SamplesOther
Coarse-grained basalt, N of Goulburn NSW (MQSample5)
Two-pyroxene granulite, Broken Hill NSW (MQSample2)
Rangari Limestone, Lake Keepit NSW (MQSampleA)
Hornblende-biotite-pyroxene ignimbritic andesite, Hunter Valley NSW (MQSample6)
Tourmaline-bearing schist, Broken Hill NSW (MQSample3
Breccia, Qld (MQSampleK)
 
Phonolite, Portabello, Dunedin NZ (MQSample7)
Andalusite-biotite hornfels, Jerangle NSW (MQSample4)
Black sandstone, High Quarter, Scotland (E91)
 
Biotite-hornblende granodiorite, Bathurst NSW (MQSample14) Diopside-garnet-wollastonite hornfels, Tamworth NSW (MQSample9) Black sandstone, High Quarter, Scotland (E92)  
Troctolite, Sgour Dubh, Isle of Skye (MQSample16) Rhodonite-bustamite-bearing rock, Broken Hill NSW (MQSample10) Black sandstone, Bridgend, Scotland (J5)  
Basaltic andesite, Quipolly Dam NSW (MQSample18) Garnet amphibolite, Broken Hill NSW (MQSample15) Oolitic limestone, Florida (MU5374)  
Days Creek gabbro, New England, Guyra NSW (MQSampleFS42) Cordierite-biotite-orthopyroxene-spinel granulite, Dangin WA (MQSample17) Lithic arenite, Canada (MU5380)  
Volcanic, New England? NSW? (MQSampleGA) Garnet-muscovite schist, Wongwibinda Metamorphic Complex, Aberfoyle NSW (WJ1387) Quartz arenite, Mooga Sandstone Member, Lower Cretaceous, Roma, Qld (MU5519)  
Kings Mill Peak basaltic andesite, New England NSW (MQSampleF) Cordierite-K-feldspar schist, Wongwibinda Metamorphic Complex, Aberfoyle NSW (WJ1364) Arkosic arenite, SA (MU5524)  
Granite, New England? NSW? (MQSampleJ) Muscovite schist, Wongwibinda Metamorphic Complex, Aberfoyle NSW (WJ1393) Lithic arenite, Mandowa Mudtone Fm, Upper Devonian, Keepit Dam area, NSW (MU5530)  
Cumulate rock? (USyd_49292) Biotite schist, Wongwibinda Metamorphic Complex, Aberfoyle NSW (WJ1409)   
  Cordierite-K-feldspar schist, Wongwibinda Metamorphic Complex, Lynoch NSW (W0709)   
  Fine-grained schist, Pam Peninsula, New Caledonia (MQSampleN)   
  Blueschist (USyd_12391) 

Download UNE Thin Section Image Datasets

Igneous Samples Metamorphic Samples Sedimentary Samples SERC Samples
S1 (UNE_S1) S2A (UNE_S2A) 1005 (UNE_1005) MORB (SERC_MORB)
S3 (UNE_S3) S2B (UNE_S2B) 1008 (UNE_1008) Greenstone (SERC_Greenstone)
S4 (UNE_S4) S5 (UNE_S5) 1009 (UNE_1009) Greenstone2 (SERC_Greenstone2)
S6 (UNE_S6) S8 (UNE_S8) 2001 (UNE_2001) Blueschist (SERC_Blueschist)
S7 (UNE_S7) S9 (UNE_S9) 2002 (UNE_2002) Eclogite (SERC_Eclogite)
S14 (UNE_S14) S10 (UNE_S10) 2005 (UNE_2005)  
S15 (UNE_S15) S11 (UNE_S11) 7701 (UNE_7701)  
S16 (UNE_S16) S12 (UNE_S12) 7702 (UNE_7702)  
S18 (UNE_S18) S13A (UNE_S13A) 7703 (UNE_7703)  
  S13B (UNE_S13B) 7704 (UNE_7704)  
  S17 (UNE_S17) 7705 (UNE_7705)  
  S19 (UNE_S19) 7708 (UNE_7708)  
  S20 (UNE_S20) 7715 (UNE_7715)  
  S21 (UNE_S21) 7717 (UNE_7717)  
  S22 (UNE_S22) Rangari Limestone, Lake Keepit NSW (UNE_RANG1)  
  S23 (UNE_S23)   
  Andalusite hornfels, Berridale NSW (UNE_MP1)   
  Spotted hornfels (UNE_MP2)   
  Cordierite hornfels, Walcha Rd NSW (UNE_MP3)   
  Psammitic hornfels, Boorolong NSW (UNE_MP4)   
  Quartzite, Duncan’s Creek NSW (UNE_MP5)   
  Marble (UNE_MP6)   
  Brucite-forsterite marble, Predazzo, Italy (UNE_MP7)   
  Calc-silicate hornfels, Attunga NSW (UNE_MP8)   
  Hornblende hornfels, Moonbi NSW (UNE_MP9)   
  Phyllite (UNE_MP11)   
  Biotite-muscovite schist, Cooma NSW (UNE_MP12)   
  Andalusite schist Cooma, NSW (UNE_MP13)   
  Staurolite-kyanite schist Scotland (UNE_MP14)   
  Staurolite-kyanite schist Scotland (UNE_MP14A)   
  Staurolite-kyanite schist Scotland (UNE_MP14B)   
  Sillimanite-garnet gneiss, Broken Hill NSW (UNE_MP15A)   
  Sillimanite-garnet gneiss, Broken Hill NSW (UNE_MP15B)   
  Glaucophane schist, Pignabarney River NSW (UNE_MP16)   
  Greenschist, Walcha NSW (UNE_MP17)   
  Amphibolite, Broken Hill, NSW (UNE_MP18A)   
  Amphibolite, Broken Hill, NSW (UNE_MP18B)   
  Basic granulite, Broken Hill NSW (UNE_MP19)   
  Granitic gneiss, Broken Hill NSW (UNE_MP20)   
  Charnockitic granulite, Sri Lanka (UNE_MP21)   
  Serpentinite, Barraba NSW (UNE_MP22)   
  Talc-tremolite rock, York WA (UNE_MP23)   
  Sheared granodiorite, Wollomombi NSW (UNE_MP24)   
  Granitic protomylonite, Wollomombi NSW (UNE_MP25)   
  Granitic mylonite, Wongwibinda Fault NSW (UNE_MP26)   
  Laumontite-bearing lithic sandstone, Tamworth Fold Belt NSW (UNE_MP27)   
  Prehnite-pumpellyite lithic conglomerate (UNE_MP28)
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