This book is the second in the series ‘EMU Notes in Mineralogy’, and arises from a School held in Budapest in May 2000 under the auspices of the European Mineralogical Union. It is, I think, the first such volume in the field.

The opening section, by the Editors, defines the scope of the subject and then gives a comprehensive review of modern methods of the study of minerals, together with an introduction to relevant thermodynamic considerations. It also contains lists of key texts and journals in the area (although somewhat surprisingly Clay Minerals is omitted!).

The second section begins with...

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