Having used the first edition of Best as an excellent petrology text to teach with for about the last ten years, I was very keen to see how this new edition compares. First it comes in softback to keep the price down, but I might have preferred hardback for durability. The chapter contents are similar to the first edition, but the materials, examples and references have all been substantially updated and improved. The organisation is still systematic, but those familiar with the first edition will find some chunks now placed in different sections.

A major strength of this textbook is...

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