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Their Constitution and Origin

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  • Date Published: January 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107514041

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  • The new edition of this popular textbook, once again, provides an indispensable guide for the next generation of mineralogists. Designed for use on one- or two-semester courses, this second edition has been thoughtfully reorganised, making it more accessible to students, whilst still being suitable for an advanced mineralogy course. Additions include expanded introductions to many chapters, a new introductory chapter on crystal chemistry, revised figures, and an extended plates section containing beautiful colour photographs. Text boxes include historical background and case studies to engage students, and end-of-chapter questions help them reinforce concepts. With new online resources to support learning and teaching, including laboratory exercises, PowerPoint slides, useful web links and mineral identification tables, this is a sound investment for students in the fields of geology, materials science and environmental science, and a valuable reference for researchers, collectors and anyone interested in minerals.

    • Divided into six parts, the book covers a wide range of topics, from the classification of minerals and structure of crystals, to the physics of minerals and how they form in the natural environment
    • Emphasis is placed on linking minerals to broader geological processes, to show students the wider applications of mineral science
    • The authors convey the importance of minerals within our everyday lives and their economic value, illustrating the practical significance of mineralogy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin (second edition) by Wenk and Bulakh is an excellent treatment of classical mineralogy with a novel emphasis on mineral-forming environments. Its organization, straightforward tone, and copious figures, including color imagery, should be welcomed by students. Additional online resources permit extensive incorporation by lecturers should they desire these resources. Both make it a worthy candidate for adoption into coursework. Additionally, this is an excellent and affordable resource for professional mineralogists and amateur mineral enthusiasts who seek a comprehensive and modern overview of classical mineralogy with an emphasis on mineral genesis.' Jonathan D. Price, American Mineralogist

    ‘Minerals is my go-to text for teaching Earth and planetary materials. The updated chapters on analytical methods and applied mineralogy are especially valuable in teaching interdisciplinary students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. This book captures the broadening scope of our field.’ Steve Jacobsen, Northwestern University, Illinois

    ‘The new edition remains quantitative and scientifically rigorous and has been improved by reorganization and by addition of new material.’ Timothy L. Grove, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    ‘… an excellent book which is suitable for teaching both in undergraduate and graduate student education in mineralogy … From basic crystallography to applied mineralogy, Minerals contains it all, and the style of writing is conclusive and scientifically sound … I am very happy to see the new second edition.’ Günther J. Redhammer, University of Salzburg

    '… this is a refreshing new mineral textbook and is a wonderful resource to freshen up an undergraduate course. Every lecturer who teaches mineralogy and every earth sciences library should get a copy … Very highly recommended.' Geological Magazine

    'I think this book represents a sound undergraduate investment - a textbook that an undergraduate could visit and revisit throughout their degree programme, to remind them of the basics and, by following up the references, to provide a deeper understanding of the subjects covered.' Chemistry World

    '… [this] book provides a good coverage of minerals, with clear diagrams and photographs to supplement the text … there is much of value … the text is clear, and deeper treatments can be skipped, while still gaining knowledge of the wider range of mineralogy.' OUGS Newsletter

    'Wenk and Bulakh's Minerals is both authoritative and accessible, providing a thorough grounding in many aspects of modern mineralogy in a first-rate text.' New Scientist

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107514041
    • length: 640 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 190 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.41kg
    • contains: 525 b/w illus. 181 colour illus. 100 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Minerals as Chemical Compounds:
    1. Subject and history of mineralogy
    2. Elements, bonding, simple structures and ionic radii
    3. Isomorphism, solid solutions and polymorphism
    4. Chemical formulas of minerals
    5. Classification and names of minerals
    6. Mineral identification of hand specimens
    Part II. Symmetry Expressed in Crystal Structures and Morphology:
    7. The concept of a lattice and description of crystal structures
    8. Crystal symmetries: point groups and space groups
    9. Crystalline defects
    10. Crystal growth and aggregation
    Part III. Physical Investigations and Properties of Minerals:
    11. Experimental approaches to crystal structures: X-ray diffraction
    12. Physical properties
    13. Optical properties of crystals
    14. Mineral identification with the petrographic microscope
    15. Colour
    16. Advanced analytical methods
    17. Mechanical properties and deformation
    Part IV. Mineral-Forming Processes:
    18. Mineral genesis
    19. Considerations of thermodynamics
    20. Phase diagrams
    Part V. A Systematic Look at Mineral Groups:
    21. Important information about silica materials. Their occurrence in granite and pegmatite
    22. Simple compounds. Unusual mineral occurrences
    23. Halides. Evaporite deposits
    24. Carbonates and other minerals with triangular anion groups. Sedimentary origins
    25. Phosphates, sulfates and related minerals. Apatite as a biogenic material
    26. Sulfides. Hydrothermal processes
    27. Oxides and hydroxides. Review of ionic crystals
    28. Orthosilicates and ring silicates. Metamorphic mineral assemblages
    29. Sheet silicates. Weathering of silicate rocks
    30. Chain silicates. Discussion of some igneous and metamorphic processes
    31. Framework silicates. Zeolites and ion exchange properties of minerals
    32. Organic minerals
    Part VI. Applied Mineralogy:
    33. Metalliferous mineral deposits
    34. Gemstones
    35. Cement minerals
    36. Minerals and human health
    37. Mineral composition of the Solar System
    38. Mineral composition of the Earth
    Appendix 1. Metallic, submetallic and nonmetallic luster, sorted according to hardness
    Appendix 2. Minerals that display some distinctive physical properties
    Appendix 3. Rock-forming minerals that are coloured in thin section

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    Hans-Rudolf Wenk, University of California, Berkeley
    Hans-Rudolf Wenk is Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the Berkeley faculty, he has been engaged in teaching and research, covering a wide field of mineralogy, from feldspars to carbonates, metamorphic rocks to shales, and from the Earth's surface to the inner core. His particular focus has been on microstructures, investigated using electron microscopy and synchrotron X-rays.

    Andrey Bulakh, St Petersburg State University
    Andrey Bulakh is Professor in the Department of Mineralogy at St Petersburg State University. He is a specialist in mineralogy, geochemistry and the origin of alkaline rocks and carbonatites. More recently, he has studied the history of ornamental stones in architecture. He has written several books that are widely used at Russian universities, and was a long-time member of the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification of the International Mineralogical Association.

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