Minerals in Thin Sections

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9780130109972: Minerals in Thin Sections

From the author of Mineralogy comes a concise, straightforward, and balanced presentation of the theory and techniques of optical mineralogy for mineral identification. Designed for students to have on hand in the laboratory, Minerals in Thin Section is the perfect supplement for mineralogy, optical mineralogy, and petrography courses. Includes: Part I: Theoretical Considerations--discussing the interaction of minerals and light, the properties of minerals in thin section, and the most practical aspects of optical mineralogy Part II: Identifying Minerals in Thin Sections--describing in detail the most common and significant or special minerals (a complete list can be found inside the back cover), including: name, formula, occurrence, distinguishing features, similar minerals, properties and interference figures, color, form, cleavage, relief, interference colors, extinction and orientation, ant twinning. Box 2 (inside front endpaper) provides a straightforward process users can follow in order to determine a mineral's properties. Contains 32 pages of color photographs, including at least one for each of the 58 minerals described in detail, to illustrate the minerals in thin sections and to help students with mineral identification Appendices--containing additional information on: Common Opaque Minerals; Isotropic Minerals Ordered by Refractive Index; Uniaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index; Biaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index; Minerals Ordered by Interference Colors and Sorted by Optic System and Optic Sign; and a Alphabetical List of Minerals and Mineral Properties

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Several good optical mineralogy and optical crystallography books are presently available. Over the years, however, we have found the need for a shorter book appropriate for students in mineralogy or petrology classes, and for routine petrographic work. They need a good, short, and straightforward reference book to use when they look at thin sections in the laboratory. We hope this book fills that need.

We have included a limited discussion of the theoretical aspects of optical crystallography and have emphasized the practical aspects. So this book may be appropriate for instructors who teach abbreviated optical mineralogy courses. We have included detailed discussions of about 60 of the most important rockforming minerals, and we include appendices that list properties of a larger number of minerals. We have also included 32 pages of color photos (including at least one for most of the minerals we describe in detail) to illustrate minerals in thin sections and to help students with mineral identification. For those who want more in-depth information, we have listed some excellent references at the end of Part 1.

Many people contributed to this book. In particular we are indebted to Mickey E. Gunter (University of Idaho), Jennifer A. Thomson (Eastern Washington University), and Edward F Stoddard (North Carolina State University) for helpful reviews. Although we didn't make all the changes they suggested, we made many of them and the manuscript was much improved.

If you have any comments about this book, feel free to e-mail me at dperkins@prairie.nodak.

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  • Part I: Theoretical Considerations—discussing the interaction of minerals and light, the properties of minerals in thin section, and the most practical aspects of optical mineralogy
  • Part II: Identifying Minerals in Thin Sections—describing in detail the most common and significant or special minerals (a complete list can be found inside the back cover), including: name, formula, occurrence, distinguishing features, similar minerals, properties and interference figures, color, form, cleavage, relief, interference colors, extinction and orientation, ant twinning. Box 2 (inside front endpaper) provides a straightforward process users can follow in order to determine a mineral's properties. Contains 32 pages of color photographs, including at least one for each of the 58 minerals described in detail, to illustrate the minerals in thin sections and to help students with mineral identification
  • Appendices—containing additional information on: Common Opaque Minerals; Isotropic Minerals Ordered by Refractive Index; Uniaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index; Biaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index; Minerals Ordered by Interference Colors and Sorted by Optic System and Optic Sign; and a Alphabetical List of Minerals and Mineral Properties

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