Introduction to Optical Mineralogy

Introduction to Optical Mineralogy

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Now in a new updated edition, Introduction to Optical Mineralogy is an ideal textbook for both advanced undergraduate and graduate students. It contains valuable coverage of the optical properties of minerals, as well as up-to-date descriptions of common rock forming minerals. The chapters on optical theory include discussions of the nature and properties of light, the petrographic microscope, and the behaviour of light in isotropic materials and in uniaxial and biaxial anisotropic materials. Thoroughly revised to include recent developments in the field, the book includes detailed step-by-step procedures to guide students through the determination of all optical properties by which minerals are routinely identified with a petrographic microscope. Readers will find descriptive information on over 125 common rock forming minerals, and many photomicrographs and illustrations. A separate chapter includes a discussion of common mineral associations and contains a flow sheet to guide students through the process of identifying an unknown more

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  • Hardback | 347 pages
  • 193.04 x 236.22 x 17.78mm | 1,043.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous line drawings, halftones and tables throughout
  • 0195060245
  • 9780195060249

Table of contents

Light; The petrographic microscope; Refractometry; Optics of isotropic materials; Optics of anisotropic minerals: introduction; Uniaxial optics; Biaxial optics; Identification of minerals; Native elements, sulfides, halides, oxides, and hydroxides; Carbonates, borates, sulfates, and phosphates; Orthosilicates; Sorosilicates and cyclosilicates; Inosilicates; Tectosilicates; Appendices; more

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