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Percent Abundance Estimation Chart
    The percent abundance chart helps to estimate how much of each mineral is present in a rock. Imagine each circle equals 100%; the black spots then equal the percent written under each circle. There are a few strategies that are helpful.
    Begin with dark minerals; they are easier to see.
    Begin with the least abundant minerals; they are easier to estimate.
    Also, observe that a 50% abundance looks like a lot more than 50%. In this case dark minerals are easier for the eye to see and so we tend to overestimate them.
    Finally, make sure all your estimates add up to 100% plus or minus.

Last Update: 9/29/00

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