The latest volume in this prestigious series arose from a two-day short course on epidote minerals held prior to the 2004 Goldschmidt Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and contains 13 chapters. The epidote minerals occur in a great variety of rocks and may be considered to be the low-temperature and high-pressure equivalent of calcic plagioclase. Thus they may be of similar importance to feldspars in petrogenesis. They are also important Fe3+-bearing minerals and may yield useful information on the oxygen fugacity oxidation state of a rock.

The introductory chapter by the editors, is a tour de force by itself,...

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