Why do we study mineralogy? Certainly the net cast by the subject has reached far beyond its traditional realm. We now have experimental mineralogy and phase petrology, materials science, biomineralogy, lunar and planetary mineralogy, meteorites, environmental mineralogy…and, voilá, mineralogy applied to forensic geology. The branch of mineralogy is an important (but far from exclusive) component of the book here under review. Evidence from the Earth is a gentle overview of the subject, and may be anchored to Prof. Murray’s two earlier texts, Forensic Geology, coauthored J.C.F. Tedrow and published in 1975 and 1991. Neither of these two books was...

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