• EBSD provides quantified analysis of crystallographic data that can either be handpicked from important locations or systematically collected along lines or XY grids.

  • It is important to define the focus of the research before samples are even cut as the plane of sectioning will have important controls upon the information which can be gathered.

  • Most crystalline minerals can be measured using EBSD. Phyllosilicates (including clays and micas) remain problematic.

  • A very high standard of sample finish is essential for the collection of high quality data and is not an insignificant task but is not unmanageable either.

  • Meticulous data processing is crucial for geological applications.

  • The benefits of EBSD are in the versatility of the data that can be used for a wide range of investigations such as using CPOs to calculate the anisotropic properties of minerals and rocks, to constrain dislocation slip systems, to understand recovery and recrystallisation mechanisms, or to determine twin laws. These represent just a few of the possible examples.