The second edition of DHZ will comprise eleven volumes; two for each of volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5. Volume 3 of the first edition, on the other hand, will be covered by three volumes. Volume 3A, the micas, was published in 2003 (see my review in Can. Mineral.43, 837). Volume 3C, the clay minerals, now 90% complete, will appear shortly. It is volume 3B, Layered Silicates Excluding Micas and Clay Minerals, that is here reviewed. Volume 5A, oxides, hydroxides and sulphides (the first half of volume 5 of the 1st edition) went off to the...

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