This handsome color atlas of photomicrographs is similar in some ways to color guides of petrography, heavy minerals, soils, and paleosols published in recent years, but it is in some ways unique. Particularly unique is its subject matter in the terra incognita between the traditions of metamorphic-igneous petrography on the one hand and soil micromorphology on the other hand. Although the book opens with photomicrographs of various little-weathered igneous and metamorphic rocks, most of the photomicrographs are of mineral grains more or less obliterated by weathering or hydrothermal alteration. By the end of the book, most of the photomicrographs are...

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