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Introduction to Mineralogy [Hardcover]

William D. Nesse

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Oct. 15 1999 0195106911 978-0195106916
Introduction to Mineralogy consolidates much of the material now covered in traditional mineralogy and optical mineralogy courses and focuses on describing minerals within their geologic context. It presents the important traditional content of mineralogy including crystallography, chemical bonding, controls on mineral structure, mineral stability, and crystal growth to provide a foundation that enables students to understand the nature and occurrence of minerals. Physical, optical, and X-ray powder diffraction techniques of mineral study are described in detail, and common chemical analytical methods are outlined as well. Detailed descriptions of over 100 common minerals are provided, and the geologic context within which these minerals occur is emphasized. Appendices provide tables and diagrams to help students with mineral identification, using both physical and optical properties. Numerous line drawings, photographs, and photomicrographs help make complex concepts understandable. Introduction to Mineralogy not only provides specific knowledge about minerals but also helps students develop the intellectual tools essential for a solid, scientific education. This comprehensive text is useful for undergraduate students in a wide range of mineralogy courses.

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"A fine text, as good as Hurlbut and Klein's published by Wiley, and at a lesser cost! The latter is important, especially for overseas universities like ours!"--Lewis D. Ashmal, RAU, South Africa

"Finally, a book that combines the essentials of crystallography, mineralogy, and optics with complete mineral descriptions and excellent artwork."--Drew Coleman, Boston University

"Contains good coverage of other important topics together with essential optical mineralogy."--Doug Smith, University of Texas at Austin

"Concise and informative."--Harold Stowell, University of Alabama

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Reference Feb. 6 2013
By rock lobster - Published on Amazon.com
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A good text for reference purposes.
pros:
-thick pages make it durable, a plus for a textbook that is likely to become a reference book
-lots of info on common minerals for reference
-essential mineralogy knowledge is in there...
-...the info in the book is on the internet but tends to be very scattered, not much mineralogy on wikipedia unlike biology, chemistry, common core classes, etc. search a few topics in this book and all you get is scholarly research pdf papers.. and you probably won't understand those or find them very useful.
-it makes you feel smart to read it and actually understand it... although that can be time-consuming

cons:
-no color photos, although not really necessary, but the nice cover photo is misleading
-NOT an easy reading textbook-
-info is DENSE and requires multiple readings and supplemental sources to really understand it...not many good supplemental sources out there
-there are some essential and difficult concepts that the book just glances over in a paragraph or two, there should be a student guide to flesh out the info, although it would probably need to be many times thicker than the textbook itself...
-mineralogy is probably the hardest class on the path to a BS in geology or related majors once you get through chem, calc, and physics.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good geology book Dec 27 2010
By Charelle Sonya Ayesha Trim - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book for beginning geology students. It is very technical and does not have any colored pictures and the images and not very clear. However, despite this it is a book that holds a lot of pertinent information.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My go-to reference June 13 2013
By Paul W. Pohwat - Published on Amazon.com
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As a collection manager for a major public U. S. mineral collection I have an extensive mineralogy reference library of my own. Of all the books that I own I keep this volume on my desk for constant reference. This book is not meant for beginning mineral collectors and it assumes a working knowledge of intro chemistry and physics, however it has been of great assistance in answering public inquiries dealing with mineralogy. A super reference, well written and with good illustrations. If you need a colorful text this isn't it, but the facts are there, clearly stated. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this text to the motivated amateur and beginning geology student building a reference library.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indespensible Feb. 17 2012
By Aaron - Published on Amazon.com
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The required mineralogy textbook for my past two semesters has been Klein and Dutrow's Manual of Mineral Science (Manual of Mineralogy). This book was really a waste of time, as the information it contained was so scattered and hard to hunt through. Nesse's Introduction to Mineralogy has been the perfect replacement text. Identifying minerals is a breeze compared to using the other book, and the tables in the back of the book make searching for minerals by optical properties a painless process. The book is organized in a way that makes it easy to skim, or learn from. It begins with the Basics of optics and crystal symmetry and goes on through mineral properties by silicate structure (followed by sulfides, halides, etc.)

It will not help you through and igneous or metamorphic petrologic inferences, simply in mineral identification. Since this is why I bought it, I'm giving it 5 stars and recommending it to anyone studying or interested in optical mineralogy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Feb. 8 2013
By Larousse - Published on Amazon.com
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I am currently in a Mineralogy class and this is the required textbook. So far, it has been a fantastic resource. At first I was very disappointed at its scarcity of pictures (I'm a visual learner) and entirely black and white pages, but I am grateful that the book didn't cost $250, as it most likely would have if the book had been illustrated and printed in color.

I am a third of the way through the class and we have basically read most of the book already. It is easy to read, conversational at times. The parts explaining chemistry are easy to understand, especially if you have already taken Gen Chem, which was a pre-req for my class. The mineral indices in the back are really helpful for looking up identification methods (hand sample, properties, optics) and quick references to the cleavage, crystal classifications, etc for common minerals.

Honestly, I don't have any complaints about this book. Considering there is a wealth of mineral information available on websites such as [...] or [...], this book has just the right amount of information to learn your stuff without being overwhelmed by the endless amount of learning available in the field of mineralogy.

Also, things people don't usually talk about in reviews: this book is about an inch thick, sturdily bound and printed on high stock paper. It will hold up to several semesters in the geology department and it's not so big that you dread taking it to class with you. It's worth buying to keep, new or used, if you're a geology major or a mineralogy enthusiast.
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