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Selected publications of the Mineralogical Association of Canada are available through MSA and are listed below.

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Geology and Geochemistry of Uranium and Thorium Deposits

Volume 48 -- Applied Isotope Geochemistry

Edited by Bruce Eglington, Mostafa Fayek, and Kurt Kyser (deceased)
(2018) 191 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-62-7

The aim of this volume is to introduce to the greater geosciences community the utility of using isotopes to understand processes that govern mass transport in the geosphere. The volume begins with the application of isotopes to the exploration of volcanic massive sulphide deposits. The next three chapters focus on the application of radiogenic isotopes to mineral and fluid systems, whereas chapter 5 introduces current approaches to data assessment, primarily for detrital zircon samples, and introduces some new approaches which aid in the simultaneous treatment of large sets of data. Chapter 6 applies noble gas isotopes to geothermal systems, and in Chapter 7 heavy metal isotopes are used to trace anthropo¬genic contaminants in the environment. The final chapter is about the application of clumped isotopes and their utility in obtaining information about paleo¬eovironments.

Geology and Geochemistry of Uranium and Thorium Deposits

Volume 47 -- Indicator Minerals in Till and Stream Sediments of the Canadian Cordillera

Edited by T. Ferbey, A. Plouffe, and A.S. Hickin
(2017) 250 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-60-3

This volume is the first joint publication of the GAC and the MAC. It is a GAC Special Paper and the inaugural contribution to the MAC's new Topics in Mineral Sciences series, which replaces the MAC Short Course series.

Geology and Geochemistry of Uranium and Thorium Deposits

Volume 46 -- Geology and Geochemistry of Uranium and Thorium Deposits

Edited by Michel Cuney, Kurt Kyser
(2015) 362 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-57-3

This volume highlights the research that can be integrated into refining exploration strategies for uranium and also discuss new developments in thorium deposits as a future energy resource as it will become an increasingly important by-product of REE mining.

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Volume 45 -- Cathodoluminescence and its Application to Geoscience

Edited by I. M. Coulson
(2014) 182 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-55-9

This MAC Short Course volume addresses both the theory behind the phenomenon of cathodoluminescence (CL) and the application of this microscopic technique to all fields of geoscience investigation. Aimed at the graduate student, researcher and practicing professional, short course chapters will cover the basics of theory, causes of cathodoluminescence in minerals and materials, instrumentation, recent advances in cathodoluminescence imaging and spectroscopy data collection, and interpretation of spectral responses. Case studies relating to sedimentological, petrological, mineralogical, petroleum geology and economic geology fields will be included.

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Volume 44 -- Geology of Gems Deposits, Second Edition

Edited by L.A. Groat
(2014) 405 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-54-2

This short course volume looks at gemstones from a geological perspective and reviews our current understanding of diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald deposits, but also examines the lesser-known colored gems.

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Volume 43 -- Uranium: Cradle to Grave

Edited by P. C. Burns and G. E. Sigmon
(2013) 449 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-53-5

This short course volume presents the many aspects of uranium, an element that changed the course of the world like no other. The content spans the mineralogy, geochemistry, and ore deposits of uranium, and includes nuclear waste challenges and solutions, weapons proliferation, and nuclear forensics for attribution and nuclear security. The volume brought together a panel of international experts focused on educating graduate students, early career scientists, and researchers seeking a deeper involvement in the field.

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Volume 42 -- Quantitative Mineralogy and Microanalysis of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks

Edited by P. Sylvester
(2012) 299 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-52-8

The purpose of this course volume is to introduce geologists to modern technologies and techniques for studying the petrography, mineralogy and mineral chemistry of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The approaches provide new insights into paleo depositional environments and drainage systems, diagenetic histories and basin architecture. Minerals are important in this context because they preserve an archive of geological processes or surficial conditions that is often homogenized or disturbed at the scale of bulk samples.

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Volume 41 -- Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry in the Earth Sciences: Gleaning the Big Picture from a Small Spot

Edited by M. Fayek
(2009) 160 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-50-4

Obtaining a quantitative and predictive understanding of geological systems, including exploitable energy sources, requires knowledge of the age of origin and subsequent thermal history of the system over geological time. While analysis of milligram- and microgram-sized materials is routine, obtaining important geologic information from features such as zoned minerals and cemented intergranular regions requires in situ measurements at the micron scale. An important breakthrough in this regard was the development of the secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS). SIMS is capable of performing precise and accurate (i.e. per mil to sub-per mil) in situ measurements of most elements and their isotopes with ca. 10 micron resolution. This short course volume introduces SIMS analytical techniques and assesses their applications in the Earth sciences. Topics include light stable and non-traditional isotope analysis, radiogenic isotope analysis quaternary geochronology, and depth profiling techniques.

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Volume 40 -- Laser Ablation ICP-MS in the Earth Sciences: Current Practices and Outstanding Issues

Edited by P. Sylvester
(2008) 356 pp. ISBN 9-0-921294-49-8

Much has changed in the field of LA-ICP-MS since we published Short course volume 29 on the same topic in 2001. The technique has matured and expanded markedly, both in terms of the specific instrumentation used and the application base it serves. Whereas in 2001, the primary use of the method in the Earth Sciences was for in situ analyses of trace-element concentrations, today a significant and growing volume of work done with these instruments is centered around in situ isotopic analyses. This brand new short course volume comprises 16 chapters and several appendices. A CD containing the chapters of Short Course Volume 29 Laser Ablation in the Earth Sciences is also included.

Special Publications

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Volume 11 -- Atlas of Ore Minerals: Focus on Epithermal Deposits of Argentina

Edited by Werner H. Paar, Milka K. de Brodtkorb, Hubert Putz, and Robert F. Martin
(2016) 408 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-56-6

In this Atlas of Ore Minerals, we focus on the mineral species encountered in ore deposits of the Republic of Argentina, many of them of epithermal type. We describe 210 ore minerals, illustrate their associations, both with macrophotos and in reflected light, and document their chemical composition. Enlightened interpretations of textural features hold the key to the establishment of paragenetic sequences. We include an account of the tectonic evolution of Argentina and describe the more unusual mineral deposits, like Pirquitas, Famatina, Capillitas, Quevar and Tumiñico, all characterized by very complex assemblages, including selenides in some cases. The 400-page book is published with a DVD of all mineral photos as a resource to teachers, students, and researchers.

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Volume 12 -- Understanding the Gem Minerals: A practical Guide

by William Revell Phillips, James Shigley
(2016) 408 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-58-0

Gemstones have fascinated people for thousands of years because of their beauty, rarity, and monetary value. However, a true understanding of gemstones and their properties has only come about in the past two centuries resulting from the developing science of geology and mineralogy and an increasing need to distinguish natural gemstones from those that are treated or grown in the laboratory. Numerous books describe minerals, and a number of them report on the distinctive properties of gemstones, but there are almost no books that present a more detailed mineralogical description of the gem minerals, along with a clear explanation of basic concepts of interest from both mineralogy and geology. Written by William Revell Phillips and James Shigley, Understanding the Gem Minerals: A Practical Guide bridge this gap.

Minerals with a French Connection

Volume 13 -- Minerals with a French Connection

by François Fontan, Robert F. Martin
(2017) 588 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-59-7

SYSTEMATIC MINERALOGY has as its main goal a survey of crystalline species, the basic building blocks of all natural assemblages. As a nascent area of investigation under the guidance of such visionaries as Romé de l'Isle and René-Just Haüy, mineralogy consisted essentially of the systematic approach. Since then, the field has evolved and developed in multiple directions. Nevertheless, systematic mineralogy remains a solid core, enriched each year by discoveries of a hundred or so new species. This book offers an opportunity to illustrate this systematic approach in the context of mineral species with a French connection. François Fontan (1942-2007), research scientist (CNRS) at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France), undertook the project, and Robert Martin, Emeritus Professor of Geology at McGill University, Montreal (Canada), brought it to fruition. The profiles and discoveries of past and contemporary contributors to the vitality of mineralogy in France are highlighted, as is the geological context of the type localities.

Mont Saint-Hilaire History, Geology and Mineralogy

Volume 14 -- Mont Saint-Hilaire History, Geology and Mineralogy

by László Horváth, Robert A. Gault, Elsa Pfenninger-Horváth and Glenn Poirier
(2019) 644 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-61-0

Taking over 20 years of meticulous preparation, László and Elsa Horváth, a duo of dedicated and dynamic amateur mineralogists, along with two researchers, Robert Gault, a mineralogist, and Glenn Poirier, a geologist, have produced the ultimate book, Mont Saint-Hilaire: History, Geology, Mineralogy. The photography captures the colors of Vásárely, the symmetry of Escher, the form of Bartók and the intricate patterns of Mandelbrot, all found here, in this miracle of nature. One cannot but marvel at how this single, small quarry contains such mineral diversity. At last count, over 434 mineral species have been found at Mont Saint-Hilaire, representing 9% of all known mineral species. The 66 type minerals first described from this locality represent 1.3 % of all mineral species, placing the Poudrette quarry in an extremely rarified class for worldwide mineral localities. Almost half, 47, of all known chemical elements are included in this mineral mix. Beginning some 124 million years ago, several million years and a variety of geological processes were needed to accomplish this assemblage.

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