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Understanding the physical relationships of minerals and rocks is essential to interpreting detailed chemical and isotopic mineral analyses. Covering the basic processes behind various rock microstructures, Ron Vernon uses high-quality color illustrations to point out complications of interpretation, emphasize pitfalls, and disclose the latest techniques and approaches. He includes a comprehensive reference list that will be useful for advanced students wishing to delve more deeply.
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An understanding of the physical relationships of minerals and rocks is essential for making the most of detailed chemical and isotopic mineral analyses. Ron Vernon discusses the basic processes behind various rock microstructures using high-quality colour illustrations, pointing out complications of interpretation, emphasizing pitfalls, and dealing with the latest techniques and approaches. The comprehensive reference list will be useful for advanced students wishing to delve more deeply. Essential reading for senior undergraduate and graduate students of mineralogy, petrology and structural geology, and of interest to students of materials science.About the Author:
RON VERNON is Emeritus Professor of Geology at Macquarie University. He has taught undergraduate geology courses in Australia, the US and Canada, as well as writing two books, Metamorphic Processes (1976) and Beneath Our Feet (2000). The latter provides a clear and enthusiastic introduction to rocks for the non-geologist.
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