It is always slightly shocking to discover just how little even the brightest young recruits to university science courses know about the most common earth materials, rocks, and their most abundant mineral components the silicate minerals. In Beneath Our Feet, Ron Vernon aims to overcome this problem by providing an accessible and well illustrated introduction to ‘the Rocks of Planet Earth’, as he subtitles his book. Vernon is a well known Australian geologist, specializing in metamorphic rocks, author of a classic textbook Metamorphic Processes and an editor for the Journal of Metamorphic Geology, so he knows his stuff....

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