This comprehensive book by Hans-Rudolf Wenk from Berkeley and Andrei Bulakh from St. Petersburg aims (according to the Preface) to be “an introduction to mineralogy for undergraduate students and graduate students in all fields of geology, materials science, and environmental sciences...”. It enters a field with stiff competition. The authors comment on the pressures worldwide to shorten the time available to teach mineralogy and their aim was a book that “provides an alternative to existing texts by focussing more tightly on concepts, at the expense of completeness, and by integrating geological processes and applications more closely with the discussions of...

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