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Minerals : their constitution and origin

Author: Hans-Rudolf Wenk; A G Bulakh
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin is an introductory text for undergraduate and graduate students of geology and materials science. Containing colour photographs, reference tables and a  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hans-Rudolf Wenk; A G Bulakh
ISBN: 0521822386 9780521822381 0521529581 9780521529587 0521945399 9780521945394
OCLC Number: 50511051
Description: xxii, 646 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Part I. Structural features of minerals : Subject and history of mineralogy --
Elements, bonding, simple structures and ionic radii --
The concept of a lattice and description of crystal structures --
Macroscopic symmetries: crystal morphology --
Crystal growth and aggregation --
Isomorphism, polymorphism and crystalline defects --
Part II. Physical investigation of minerals : Experimental approaches to crystal structures; X-ray diffraction --
Physical properties --
Optical properties --
Identification of minerals with the petrographic microscope --
Color --
Advanced analytical methods --
Mechanical properties and deformation --
Part III. Variety of minerals and mineral-forming processes : Classification and names of minerals --
Mineral identification of hand specimens --
Mineral genesis --
Stability of minerals; principles of thermodynamics --
Solid solutions --
Part IV. A systematic look at mineral groups : Important information about silica minerals and feldspars --
Simple compounds; unusual occurrences --
Halides; Evaporite deposits --
Carbonates and other minerals with triangular anion groups; Sedimentary origins --
Phosphates, sulfates and related minerals; Apatite as a biogenic mineral --
Sulfides and related minerals; Hydrothermal processes --
Oxides and hydroxides; Review of ionic crystals --
Orthosilicates and ring silicates; Metamorphic mineral assemblages --
Sheet silicates; Weathering of silicate rocks --
Chain silicates; Discussion of some igneous and metamorphic processes --
Framework silicates; Zeolites and ion exchange properties of minerals --
Part V. Applied mineralogy : Metalliferous mineral deposits --
Gemstones --
Cement minerals --
Minerals and human health --
Mineral composition of the solar system --
Mineral composition of the earth.
Responsibility: Hans-Rudolf Wenk and Andrei Bulakh.
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