How do I assess thee? Let me count the ways

How do I assess thee? Let me count the ways.
I measure thy depth and breadth and height,
The microscope can reach, those aspects out of sight
Using bright-field and contrast of phase.
I measure to the level of my instrumental ways,
And analytical precision, by plain and cross polarised light.
I count thy inclusions, assessed by eye outright,
I count thy voids, where organics have decayed,
I measure thy referred and related distribution,
Thy particle sorting, if wind or water laid.
I measure all facets of your constitution,
Each of the many layers that amassed.
Revealed, through careful attribution
The hidden secrets of the past.