you can reduce the effect of sectioning by analyzing two mutually orthogonal thin section.

The analysis of a statistically meaningful number of grains - through image analysis software such as ImageJ or similar –

may help as well, see


Heilbronner R. 2000. Automatic grain boundary detection and grain size analysis using polarization micrographs or orientation images. Journal of Structural Geology 22: 969-981.





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Oggetto: grain size estimate


Hello all,


I've been trying to find the best way to estimate grain sizes in thin section (measured grain sizes so far are 10-50 um diameter). The linear intercept method is one I come across many times, but I wonder if anyone on this discussion list thinks there is a better way (that can still be done simply without expensive machinery). Also, if anyone has a pdf of this early-ish paper on grain size distribution measurement -- or suggestions for better references -- I sure would appreciate an electronic copy!


Exner, H.E., 1972. Analysis of grain- and particle-size distributions in metallic materials. International Metallurgical Reviews 17, 25-42.