I was asked to review these two closely-related books by making a comparison.

I will refer to the former as ‘Strunz’ and to the latter as ‘SCM’. Strunz is a complete single book, whereas SCM is in three volumes. Volume 1 of SCM deals with minerals having general ‘formulae’ of A, AmBn and ApBqCr and no molecular H2O (960 species), Volume 2 minerals with formulae ApBqCrDsExFyGz and no molecular H2O, and Volume 3 does the...

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