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Introduction to Mineralogy, 3rd Edition
Author: William D. Nesse (Author)
Introduction to Mineralogy, Third Edition, consolidates much of the material now covered in traditional mineralogy and optical mineralogy courses and focuses on describing minerals within their geologic context. Presenting the important traditional content of mineralogy–including crystallography, chemical bonding, controls on mineral structure, mineral stability, and crystal growth–it provides students with a foundation for understanding the nature and occurrence of minerals.
Describes in detail physical, optical, and X-ray powder diffraction techniques of mineral study Outlines common chemical analytical methods Provides thorough descriptions of more than 100 common minerals, emphasizing the geologic contexts within which they occur Includes tables and diagrams that help students identify minerals using both physical and optical properties Incorporates numerous line drawings, photographs, and photomicrographs that elucidate complex concepts Introduction to Mineralogy can be packaged with Daniel Schulze’s An Atlas of Minerals in Thin Section for use in your course for a nominal additional fee.
This book has been written to provide a text for teaching mineralogy to undergraduate students in geology and related fields. It is based on my experience teaching mineralogy and draws from the thoughtful suggestions and comments of my students and of numerous instructors from around the world. The challenge has been to provide a comprehensive survey of mineralogy that can meet the needs of students in a wide variety of curricula in a concise, well-organized, and clear manner.
The objectives in preparing the Third Edition have been to bring the text and references up-to-date and to improve the clarity and ease of use. The organization used in the first two editions has been retained. The three main sections are Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry (Part One), Mineral Properties, Study, and Identification (Part Two), and Mineral Descriptions (Part Three). Placing crystallography and crystal chemistry first provides the foundation required to understand the physical and optical properties of minerals and the various techniques of chemical and X-ray analysis. The introduction to physical properties and mineral identification in Chapter 1 has been retained so that students can begin laboratory study of minerals early in their course of study.
In addition to numerous revisions to improve the clarity of the text and figures, significant revisions in the Third Edition have been made in the treatment of the following subjects.
• Chemical bonding
• Causes of mineral color
• Electron microprobe analysis
• Scanning electron microscope
• Microcrystalline varieties of silica
In addition, new sections have been added on quasicrystals and carbonaceous material, and more emphasis has been placed on the use of a hand lens in mineral identification.
This revision has benefited greatly from the thoughtful review by Graham Baird at the University of Northern Colorado. Additional individuals who provided reviews include Tasha Dunn (Colby College), David Gonzales (Fort Lewis College), Willis Hames (Auburn University), Tina Hill (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee), Jonathan Martin (University of Florida), Stephen Nelson (Tulane University), Jeanette Sablock (Salem State University), and Thomas Sharp (Arizona State University). Their thoughtful comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Most importantly, I am indebted to my wife, Marianne Workman-Nesse, for her support and for her thorough critique and editing of the book. If, despite the efforts of these individuals, errors, omissions, and inconsistencies remain, they are solely my responsibility, and I request that they be brought to my attention.