The publication in 1962–1963 of the five-volume review by Deer, Howie, and Zussman (DHZ) entitled Rock-Forming Minerals was a true milestone in mineralogy, both because it coincided with the acceleration of research in the earth sciences and because the authors considered mineralogy in the context of the larger picture of geochemistry. In these volumes, the understanding of a mineral and its structure was emphasized vs. using determinative properties for identification. Thus, a more complete picture was being presented when compared to the traditional mineralogy texts, such as Dana’s Textbook of Mineralogy or Berry and Mason’s Mineralogy. The 1962–1963 edition...

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