This is the latest addition to the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland’s series of thematic volumes, and follows the Society’s Winter Meeting ‘Environmental Mineralogy’ held at Aberdeen in January 1999. It is the first of this series to be published by the Mineralogical Society itself, and achieves a high standard of presentation and content, at a reasonable price.

The book presents us with a set of fifteen papers arranged into four sets, each accompanied by a concise and informative introduction provided by the editors. These concentrate on ‘Mineral-microbe interactions’, ‘Anthropogenic influences on mineral interactions’, ‘Minerals in contaminated environments’...

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