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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1. Earth materials and the geosphere.
2. Atoms, elements, bonds and coordination polyhedra.
3 Atomic substitution, phase diagrams and isotopes.
5. Mineral properties and rock–forming minerals.
6. Optical identification of minerals.
7. Classification of igneous rocks.
8. Magma and intrusive structures.
9. Volcanic features and landforms.
10. Igneous rock associations.
11. The sedimentary cycle: erosion, transportation, deposition and sedimentary structures.
12. Weathering, sediment production and soils.
13. Detrital sediments and sedimentary rocks.
14. Biochemical sedimentary rocks.
16. Metamorphism: stress, deformation and structures.
17. Texture and classification of metamorphic rocks.
18. Metamorphic zones, facies and facies series.
19. Mineral resources and hazards.
List of elements.