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Earth Materials

Hefferan, Kevin; O'Brien, John

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ISBN 10: 1405144335 / ISBN 13: 9781405144339
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
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Title: Earth Materials

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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Minerals and rocks form the foundation of geologic studies. This new textbook has been written to address the needs of students at the increasing number of universities that have compressed separate mineralogy and petrology courses into a one- or two-semester Earth materials course.

Key features of this book include:

  • equal coverage of mineralogy, sedimentary petrology, igneous petrology and metamorphic petrology;
  • copious field examples and regional relationships with graphics that illustrate the concepts discussed;
  • numerous case studies to show the uses of earth materials as resources and their fundamental role in our lives and the global economy, and their relation to natural and human-induced hazards;
  • the integration of earth materials into a cohesive process-based earth systems framework;
  • two color thoughout with 48 pages of four color. 

Readership: students taking an earth materials, or combined mineralogy and petrology course in an earth science degree program. It will also be useful for environmental scientists, engineering geologists, and physical geographers who need to learn about minerals, rocks, soil and water in a comprehensive framework. 

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About the Author:

Kevin Hefferan was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ to parents originating from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland. Kevin received his geologic training at New Jersey City State University, Bryn Mawr College and Duke University. Kevin is married to Sherri (Cramer) Hefferan and is the proud father of Kaeli, Patrick, Sierra, Keegan and Quin of Stevens Point, WI.

Married (Anita, 40 years) with two sons (Tyler, 30 and Owen, 26). Born (10 Dec., 1941) in Seattle, Washington, raised there and in Ohio and southern California. Parents were teachers, so summers were spent with family travelling throughout the west, imbuing me with a passion for the natural world. Discovered a passion for working with students as a teaching assistant at Miami University (Ohio) and combined the two passions in a career teaching geological sciences at New Jersey City University. A sedimentologist by training, I took over responsibility for mineralogy, petrology and structure courses when a colleague departed. The Earth Materials text is in part the result of that serendipitous occurrence.

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