Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology

Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology

By: Cornelis Klein (author), Anthony Philpotts (author)Paperback

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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.

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Cornelis ('Kase') Klein is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He received his BSc and MSc in Geology from McGill University, Canada, and his PhD from Harvard University, also in geology. He has been a member of the Geology faculty at Harvard University, Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of New Mexico: he has taught courses in mineralogy at all these universities. His published books include the Manual of Mineralogy (19th-21st editions, John Wiley and Sons) and the Manual of Mineral Science (22nd-23rd editions, John Wiley and Sons). He has received two awards for excellence in teaching from the University of New Mexico. Anthony R. Philpotts is Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Connecticut, a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts. He received his BSc and MSc in Geology from McGill University, Canada and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has taught igneous and metamorphic petrology courses at McGill University and the University of Connecticut for over forty years. His published books include Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Second Edition (2009, Cambridge University Press) and Petrography of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks (1989, Prentice Hall; 2003, Waveland Press).


1. Introduction; 2. Materials of the solid Earth; 3. How are minerals identified?; 4. Fundamentals of crystal structures; 5. Introduction to crystallography; 6. Minerals and rocks observed under the polarizing optical microscope; 7. Igneous rock-forming minerals; 8. How do igneous rocks form?; 9. Igneous rocks: their mode of occurrence, classification, and plate tectonic setting; 10. Sedimentary rock-forming minerals and materials; 11. Formation, transport, and lithification of sediment; 12. Sedimentary rock classification, occurrence and plate tectonic significance; 13. Metamorphic rock-forming minerals; 14. Metamorphic rocks; 15. Some economic minerals, mainly from veins and pegmatites; 16. Some selected Earth materials resources; 17. Earth materials and human health.

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/08/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780521145213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 552
  • ID: 9780521145213
  • weight: 1540
  • ISBN10: 052114521X

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