This is a dismal book. I shall justify this harsh opinion following a brief outline of the book’s contents.

Earth’s Materials begins with a preface in which the author admits freely that his text is designed for an undergraduate program in Geology where substantive courses in Mineralogy, Optical, and the three Petrologies have been squeezed to make place for GIS, ESS, ES, RS, BS… (Geographical Information Systems, Earth System Science, Environmental Science, Remote Sensing…). The brief introductory chapter of Earth’s Materials reviews the “big picture”: The origin and structure of our globe and plate tectonics. The 500 pages of text...

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