This unusually titled book is a collaboration between two highly accomplished mineralogists who have introduced to the textbook market a new style of book. The book provides an alternative to other texts as it emphasizes concepts and integrates geological processes and applications with the systematic descriptions of mineral groups. As a teacher I have been attempting to change mineralogical instruction from the traditional sequence of crystal chemistry, symmetry, crystallography, followed by a systematic survey of minerals from native elements to tectosilicates. Students tend to find the latter part dry and without geological context, and therefore boring. This textbook supports my...

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