Rosiwal analysis

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Rosiwal analysis (Ro'-si-wal). In petrography, a quantitative method of estimating the volume percentages of the minerals in a rock. Thin sections of a rock are examined with a microscope fitted with a micrometer which is used to measure the linear intercepts of each mineral along a particular set of lines. This method "is based on the assumption that the area of a mineral on an exposed surface is proportional to its volume in the rock mass" (Nelson and Nelson, 1967, p.320).