Phosphates are a huge topic with relevance to many areas of earth science from igneous and metamorphic petrology to bones and teeth. With 742 pages on this topic, from a series with such a good pedigree, and at the price of $40 ($30 for members), you can conclude almost straight away that this book is excellent value for money and a valuable addition to the bookshelf, as well as an essential purchase for libraries.

The nineteen chapters are grouped in five sections: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry, Petrology, Biomineralization, Geochronology, and Materials Applications. Apatite dominates, appearing in twelve chapter titles.

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