An Introduction to Mineral Sciences

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The subject of mineralogy has moved away from the systematic treatment of mineral groups toward the study of the behavior of minerals in response to geological processes. It is vital that we understand the physics and chemistry of minerals as this response generally involves structural and chemical changes within individual minerals as well as reactions between minerals. This is the first text to provide an introduction to modern mineralogy for undergraduate students. The main, and often complex, concepts required to understand minerals and the processes that take place within them are presented in an easy to follow manner without any complex mathematical treatment. The book deals with solid-state transformations in minerals, which take place in response to changes in temperature and pressure, as well as introducing the basic crystallography, physics and chemistry needed to understand these processes. No knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics beyond high-school level is assumed.

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In this introduction to modern mineralogy for undergraduate students, the main, and often complex, concepts required to understand minerals and the processes that take place within them are presented without any complex mathematical principles.

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"...will be a valuable teaching resource. It brings mineralogy up to date and discards the obsolete baggage occasionally associated with the subject." S.A.T. Redfern, Geology Magazine

"...so good that anyone from a science sixth-former to a graduate student can have, at moderate cost, a well-illustrated and up-to-date text on how minerals work, all presented with the greatest lucidity." Times Higher Education Supplement

"...provides an excellent example of how important developments in one field can spill over to make a major impact on another discipline....would serve very well as a text for senior undergraduates and beginning graduate students in a course on crystal growth and mineral kinetics...a must for those interested in geological sciences and new ways of understanding earth processes." Robert R. Reeber, American Scientist

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