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Introducing Mineralogy

Product Code: MPBMN
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: By John Mason
Publication Date: 27 November 2014
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Published by Dunedin Academic Press.

Paperback, 118 pages, 220 x 220mm

People have been fascinated by minerals since prehistory. The attractions of minerals lie in their colours, their beautiful crystals and the discoveries of their uses and the metals that can be obtained from them. Minerals receive attention from a wide variety of people: mining executives, collectors, prospectors and scientists unravelling their molecular structure and origins. But, for someone new to mineralogy, the subject can appear to be overwhelmingly complex.
In Introducing Mineralogy John Mason considers the essence of mineralogy in a clear and logical manner. The book begins with the basic chemistry of minerals and the way in which the mineral kingdom is classified. It then considers mineral occurrences, both typical, such as the minerals that largely make up common rocks like granite, and atypical, such as concentrations of rare metals in ore-deposits. The ways in which minerals are studied using microscopes and the importance of careful observation and interpretation are discussed and the topics of mineral collecting and related issues are addressed. The final chapters explore the uses of minerals, both industrial and scientific, and take a look at environmental issues associated with mineral extraction and usage
Lavishly illustrated in colour and complete with a glossary, the book is aimed at students embarking on courses in the Earth Sciences and at the amateur collector who wants to find out more about the colourful rocks they may find when out walking.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781780460284
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 118
Weight: 0.55 kg


Prologue: a mineral prospector's tale

1. The basics of mineralogy

2. Typical mineral occurrences

3. Atypical concentrations of minerals

4. Mineral collecting: where science and leisure overlap

5. Studying mineral assemblages and parageneses

6. Uses of minerals

7. Minerals and the environment.



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