Earth Materials Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology

ISBN-10: 052114521X
ISBN-13: 9780521145213
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $138.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

The fundamental concepts of mineralogy and petrology are explained in this highly illustrated, full-color textbook to create a concise overview for students studying Earth materials. The relationship between minerals and rocks and how they relate to the broader Earth, materials and environmental sciences is interwoven throughout. Beautiful photos of specimens and Crystal-Maker's 3-D illustrations allow students to easily visualize minerals, rocks and crystal structures. Review questions at the end of chapters allow students to check their understanding. The importance of Earth materials to human cultural development and the hazards they pose to humans are discussed in later chapters. This ambitious, wide-ranging book is written by two world-renowned textbook authors each with over 40 years of teaching experience, who bring that experience to clearly convey the important topics.

Anthony Philpotts is a visiting fellow at Yale University and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, and has had over 40 years of teaching experience. He has worked on Precambrian massif type anorthosites, pseudotachylites, alkaline rocks, liquid immiscibility in Fe-Ti oxide systems and in tholeiitic magmas. He has been awarded the Peacock Memorial Prize of the Walker Mineralogical Club of Toronto and the Hawley Award of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. He has served as an editor for the Canadian Mineralogist and the Journal of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Introduction to Earth materials
Materials of the solid Earth
How are minerals identified?
Aspects of crystal structures
Crystallography
Minerals and rocks observed under the polarizing optical microscope
Igneous rock-forming minerals
How do igneous rocks form?
Igneous rocks: their mode of occurrence, classification, and plate tectonic setting
Sedimentary rock-forming minerals and materials
Formation, transport, and lithification of sediment
Sedimentary rock classification, occurrence and plate tectonic significance
Metamorphic rock-forming minerals
Metamorphic rocks
Some economic minerals, mainly from veins and pegmatites (K)
Some selected Earth materials resources
Earth materials and human health

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