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Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals $80.00


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Volume 4 -- Geochemistry of Clay Pore Fluid Interactions

Edited by D.A.C. Manning, P.L. Hall and C.R. Hughes
(1993) 449 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-53-5.


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Volume 8 -- Deformation-Enhanced Fluid Transport in the Earth's Crust and Mantle

Edited by M. Holness
(1997) 299 pp. ISBN 978-0-921294-52-8.


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Volume 9 -- Environmental Mineralogy: Microbial Interactions, Anthropogenic Influences, Contaminated Land and Waste Management

Edited by J.D. Cotter-Howells, L.S. Campbell, E. Valsami-Jones and M. Batchelder
(2000) 413 pp. ISBN 0-903056-20-8.

Mineralogists have always sought to understand the chemical and physical environment under which a particular mineral forms and to determine the arrangement of atoms within that mineral. The new field of Environmental Mineralogy asks the same questions in a different context and seeks to define the roles of minerals in natural ecosystems, together with understanding the preservation and restoration of such systems This book provides an up-to-date account of the state of this diverse subject area and will appeal to both senior undergraduate students and researchers alike.


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Volume 1 -- Classic Papers in Volcanic Petrology

Papers selected by Ian S. W. Carmichael
(2004) 319 pp. ISBN 0-903056-21-6.

Prof. Carmichael of the University of California, one of the world's foremost petrologists, introduces each paper and discusses its influence on the modern understanding of volcanic petrology.

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Volume 2 -- Classic Papers in Structure Topology

Papers selected and commentary by F.C. Hawthorne
(2006) 301 pp. ISBN 0-903056-23-2.

Prof. Frank Hawthorne of the University of Manitoba re-examines a series of seminal papers which help us to focus on the key issues concerning structural connectivity in inorganic solids, of which minerals are a key component. and to look at where we are today in our understanding of crystal structures. Diego Gatta in Mineralogical Magazine writes that, "the publication of these landmark papers, accompanied by Hawthorne's comentaries, will be useful not only for undergraduate or PhD students, but for all structural mineralogists. This collection provides valuable insights into the evolution of structural mineralogy and its wider application to petrology.

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Volume 3 -- Classic Papers in Metamorphic Petrology.

Papers selected and commentary by B. W. Evans
(2007). 319 pp. ISBN 978-0-903056-24-3.

Metamorphic Petrology is a field that was barely defined at the beginning of the 20th century, but blossomed rapidly to a point where many of the first order problems had been resolved by the century's end opening up a whole range of new research opportunities. Professor Bernard Evans of the University of Washington has selected a collection of papers from diverse sources and his valuable commentary on each paper places it in the context of what has gone before. The papers document the major achievements of the field, but also the new challenges that it has set itself.

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Volume 4 -- Classic Papers in Granite Petrogenesis.

Papers selected and commentary by John (JC) Clemens and Fernando Bea
(2012). 343 pp. ISBN 978-0-903056-30-4.

A compilation of landmark papers on granite petrogenesis is overdue. This volume is organized into a number of sections that rep­resent what the editors regard as the main research fields in which progress has been made in understanding granites and their genesis. The origin of granitic magmas is part of the cycle that unites tectonic processes with the generation of mantle magma, crustal growth, the transfer of mantle heat to the crust, high-grade regional metamorphism, crustal melting and crustal differentiation. The extended subject area is far too wide to deal with in a single volume and therefore the selection has been limited to papers dealing with the formation, physical behaviour and chemical evolution of granitic magmas, and just touching on the matter of associated ore deposits.

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The third edition of An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals has been published by The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

In this edition, most of the commonly occurring minerals of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are discussed in terms of structure, chemistry, optical and other physical properties, distinguishing features and paragenesis. Important correlations between these aspects of mineralogy are emphasized wherever possible. The content of each section has been updated where needed in the light of published research over the 21 years between editions. Tables of over 200 chemical analyses and formulae are included and a number of older entries have been replaced by more recent examples.

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This book will be useful to undergraduate students of mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry, especially those at third or fourth year, engaged in more advanced courses or specialized projects, and also as a reference work for students for 'Masters' degrees by taught courses or research. For doctorate students, and research workers in the Earth Sciences as well as those in Materials Science and other related disciplines, this work can be useful as a condensed version of the very extensive treatment presented in the volumes of the DHZ Series Rock-Forming Minerals, second edition.

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