How to use the mindat.org media viewer

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Welcome to the mindat.org media viewer. Here is a quick guide to some of the options available to you. Different controls are available depending on the type of media being shown (photo, video, animation, 3d image)

Controls - all media types

Zoom in and out of media using your mousewheel or with a two-finger 'resize' action on a touch device.

Use the mouse or your finger to drag the image or the view area of the image around the screen.

< and > at the left and right hand side of the screen move forwards and backwards for the other images associated with the media you selected. Usually this is for further photos of the same specimen. Keyboard shortcuts: use the left and right arrow keys.

> in the bottom center, raises the information box giving details and further options for the media, < at the top of this box then hides it. Keyboard shortcuts: use the up and down arrow keys.

? opens this help window. Keyboard shortcuts: use the H key or the ? key.

Other keyboard shortcuts:

1Fit image to screen
2Fill screen with image
5Display at full resolution
<Make background darker
>Make background lighter
spaceHide/dim titles and buttons

Controls - Video

Video files have a standard set of video controls: - Reset to start, - Skip back, - Play, - Pause, - Skip forwards. Keyboard shortcuts: You can stop/start video play with the P key.

Controls - Animation (Spin Rotation)

Animation (usually 360 degree spin rotations) have their own controls: - enable spin mode. Note that while images are loading this option will not be available but will be automatically activated when the animation has loaded. Once active you can spin the image/change the animation by moving your mouse or finger on the image left/right or by pressing the [ or ] keys.

The button switches to move mode so that you can use your mouse/fingers to move the image around the screen as with other media types.

The button, or the P key will start playing the animation directly, you can interrupt this by using the mouse or finger on the image to regain manual movement control.

Controls - 3D Stereoscopic images

Stereoscopic 3D image viewing requires a suitable 3D television or monitor correctly configured for your computer. Passive 3D systems such as LG 3DTVs are the easiest to configure for this.

To enable/disable 3D stereo display of a compatible stereo pair image press the 3 key. If the left/right images are reversed on your display (this often happens in full-screen mode) press the 4 key to reverse them.

Summary of all keyboard shortcuts

1Fit image to screen
2Fill screen with image
3Switch to 3D display of stereo pair
4Switch left/right images in 3D mode
5Display at full resolution
<, >Make background darker/lighter
H or ?Show/hide this help page
PPlay/Pause Video or Animation
[, ]Backwards/forwards one frame (Animation only)
up arrowShow information box
down arrowHide information box
left arrowPrevious image/media page
right arrowNext image/media page
spaceHide/dim titles and buttons

Copyright © 2008 Eric F. Diaz
minID: YPR-H9Q

Copyright © 2008 Eric F. Diaz   - This image is copyrighted. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Note: is not listed in our database for this locality. This specimen may be misidentified or the mindat list of rocks and minerals at this locality may be incomplete.

3.8cm x 4.2 cm x 3.6 cm

Found on a beach, this vesicular form of the extrusive igneous rock, rhyolite is the product of a composite volcano, which are only found above subduction zones at convergent plate boundaries. Pumice, because of all the gas bubbles trapped within it, is less dense than water and therefore floats on water. Because the magma, which crystallizes into pumice after it has been extruded from a volcano, is so viscous the gas bubbles within it cannot escape easily and thus become trapped once the lava solidifies.

Rhyolite is the extrusive (volcanic) form of the intrusive (plutonic) igneous rock, granite. They both have the same mineral composition--mostly quartz and feldspar. Only the rock texture of each is different. Granite, because it has had time to cool and crystallize slowly underground, has a phaneritic texture with crystals easily visible to the unaided eye. Whereas rhyolite, having been extruded from a volcano and exposed to the cooler air, has crystallized more rapidly thus forming much smaller crystals which are mostly invisible to the unaided eye. This type of a texture is what we call, aphanitic. That's basically the only difference between rhyolite and granite.

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