This is an important book because it is one of the first serious attempts I have seen to produce a combined mineralogy and petrology book. Although it is not appropriate for any course taught at our University, instructors who teach “earth materials” classes instead of separate mineralogy and petrology classes may wish to look at this book to see if it will work for them.

A major strength of this book is that is does not attempt to do everything. As Sen acknowledges, it is impossible for one book (or course) to cover all of mineralogy and petrology and do...

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