This RiMG volume is an impressive text that formed the basis for a MSA Short Course, held in San Francisco prior to the Fall AGU Meeting in December 2008, which achieved record attendance figures. The MSA website provides links to Excel spreadsheets that accompany several of the chapters. The text divides loosely into four sections: (1) thermobarometry and kinetics, including methods for inferring magmatic conditions, (2) melt inclusions and volatile abundances, (3) isotopic systems, and (4) textural studies and micro-geochemistry of zoned minerals. Chapter 2 (Julia Hammer) addresses the kinetics of crystallization. The chapter gives an overview of classical nucleation...

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