Minerals in Thin Sections

Minerals in Thin Sections

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From the author of Mineralogy comes a concise, straightforward, and balanced presentation of the theory and techniques of optical mineralogy for mineral identification. Designed for students to have on hand in the laboratory, Minerals in Thin Section is the perfect supplement for mineralogy, optical mineralogy, and petrography courses. Includes: Part I: Theoretical Considerations--discussing the interaction of minerals and light, the properties of minerals in thin section, and the most practical aspects of optical mineralogy Part II: Identifying Minerals in Thin Sections--describing in detail the most common and significant or special minerals (a complete list can be found inside the back cover), including: name, formula, occurrence, distinguishing features, similar minerals, properties and interference figures, color, form, cleavage, relief, interference colors, extinction and orientation, ant twinning. Box 2 (inside front endpaper) provides a straightforward process users can follow in order to determine a mineral's properties. Contains 32 pages of color photographs, including at least one for each of the 58 minerals described in detail, to illustrate the minerals in thin sections and to help students with mineral identification Appendices--containing additional information on: Common Opaque Minerals; Isotropic Minerals Ordered by Refractive Index; Uniaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index; Biaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index; Minerals Ordered by Interference Colors and Sorted by Optic System and Optic Sign; and a Alphabetical List of Minerals and Mineral Propertiesshow more

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  • Hardback | 125 pages
  • 204 x 272 x 8mm | 340.19g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • illustrations (some colour)
  • 0130109975
  • 9780130109972

About Dexter Perkins

Dr. Dexter Perkins received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1979. He has published over 80 papers and three books. He has had research appointments at the University of Chicago and the Universite Blaise Pascal and has been a regular faculty member in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota for 18 years. His current research is focused on mineral equilibria and science education reform. Dr. Kevin R. Henke received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of North Dakota in 1997. He has had research and postdoctoral appointments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, North Dakota State University, The University of North Dakota, and the University of Kentucky. Currently he is researching the chemistry of mercury, cadmium, barium, and other heavy metal organometallic compounds.show more

Table of contents

Preface. About the Authors. I. THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS. What Is Light? Polarization of Light and the Polarizing Microscope. The Velocity of Light in Crystals and the Refractive Index. Interaction of Light and Crystals. Other Mineral Characteristics in Thin Sections. II. IDENTIFYING MINERALS IN THIN SECTION. Detailed Mineral Description. Appendix A: Common Opaque Minerals. Appendix B: Isotropic Minerals Ordered by Refractive Index. Appendix C: Uniaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index. Appendix D: Biaxial Minerals Sorted by Optic Sign and Ordered by Refractive Index. Appendix E: Minerals Ordered by Interference Colors and Sorted by Optic System and Optic Sign. Appendix F: Alphabetical List of Minerals and Mineral Properties. Color Photographs. Mineral Index.show more

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