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  • Diagram of how calcite crystal birefringence works.
    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 10 October 2012 Size: 140 KB Referencing Hub media

    The calcite crytal lattice is a trigonal system. When text or an object is viewed through a clear calcite crystal, two images are seen. Light rays refract in two different ways as they pass through the crystal.

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