Have you ever wondered what a ‘viterbite’ is or how you would recognise an ‘ossipyte’? Perhaps, less obscurely, you may have wished how to establish if a rock is a syenite or a gabbro. If so, Igneous Rocks: A Classification and Glossary of Terms is the book you need to refer to. The book is the culmination of over three decades of discussions by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Subcommission on the Systematics of Igneous Rocks. It is the second edition of a volume first published in 1989. Copies of the first edition have been unobtainable for about...

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