By Andrew J. Barker
Structured within the kind of a dichotomous key, equivalent to these well-known in botany, the mineral key offers a good and systematic method of deciding on rock-forming minerals in thin-section. This new angle covers one hundred fifty+ of the main regularly encountered rock-forming minerals, plus a number of rarer yet noteworthy ones. Illustrated in complete color, with 330+ top of the range mineral photomicrographs from a global number of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, it additionally presents a accomplished atlas of rock-forming minerals in thin-section.
Commencing with a short creation to mineral structures, and the houses of minerals in plane-polarised and cross-polarised mild, the mineral key additionally contains line drawings, tables of mineral homes and an interference color chart, to extra reduction mineral identity. To minimise the opportunity of misidentification, and allow much less skilled petrologists to take advantage of the main with self belief, the main has been prepared to prioritise these houses which are most simply recognised.
Designed for simplicity and straightforwardness of use, it truly is basically aimed toward undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of mineralogy and petrology, yet must also offer a priceless resource of reference for all training geologists facing rock skinny sections and their interpretation.
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