This volume of the Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry series on micas arose out of a short course sponsored by the Italian National Academy and held during 2000 in Rome. It emphasizes advances in many aspects of mica research since the 1984 ‘Reviews in Mineralogy’ volume on micas edited by S. W. Bailey. The current text is a complete compendium of micas that should be of interest to all researchers working in the field, but is rather heavy reading for those with only a casual interest. It contains both general information on the structure, origin, and reaction of micas, as...

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