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An Introduction to Mineral Sciences - Andrew Putnis

An Introduction to Mineral Sciences

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Published: 21st December 1992
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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.

'The most original earth science book of the year, a magnificent volume.' New Scientist ' ... most timely and welcome ... a valuable teaching resource. It brings mineralogy up-to-date ... If you want to learn for the first time about nuclear magnetic resonance, or Wadsley defects in rutile, or about ideas such as spinodal decomposition, incommensurate phases, or Landau theory, or just why minerals have the structure and properties they do then this book is for you: get hold of a copy!' Geological Magazine

Preface
Periodicity and symmetry
Anisotropy and physical properties
Diffraction and imaging
Spectroscopic methods
The crystal structure of minerals - I
The crystal structure of minerals - II - silicates
Defects in minerals
Emergetics and mineral stability I - basic concepts
Emergetics and mineral stability II - solid solutions, exsolution and ordering
Kinetics of mineral processes
Transformation processes in minerals I: exsolution
Transformation processes in minerals II: structural phase transitions
Index
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ISBN: 9780521429474
ISBN-10: 0521429471
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 21st December 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.3  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.1