This reader-friendly reference is written in a casual, jargon-free style to present a modern introduction to mineralogy. It emphasizes real-world applications and the history and human side of mineralogy. The author approaches the subject by explaining the larger, understandable topics first, and then explaining why the “little things” are important for understanding the larger picture.
KEY TOPICS: Elements and Minerals; Crystallization and Classification of Minerals; Mineral Properties: Hand Specimen Mineralogy; Optical Mineralogy; Igneous Rocks and Silicate Minerals; Sedimentary Minerals and Sedimentary Rocks; Metamorphic Minerals and Metamorphic Rocks; Ore Deposits and Economic Minerals; Crystal Morphology and Symmetry; Crystallography; Unit Cells, Points, Lines, and Planes; X-Ray Diffraction and Mineral Analysis; Atomic Structure; Descriptions of Minerals.
MARKET: A comprehensive reference for anyone interested in learning more about mineralogy.
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