When this hefty volume arrived in the mail, I realized that I was in for some serious reading, but I didn’t know yet that this was only one part of the story. The viewing turned out to be just as extensive. I was looking forward to seeing this package that puts much emphasis on new teaching and learning approaches. This emphasis partly answers the question: Why another textbook on mineralogy? What sets the text apart from other mineralogy books, according to the authors’ own words, is (1) an integrated DVD with color figures and animations, (2) a searchable mineral database,...

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