In recent years an increasing number of geoscience departments have elected to combine their introductory mineralogy and petrology courses into a single, one-term “earth materials” course. As a result there has been a need for a textbook that integrates both topics, and this is the niche that Hefferan and O’Brien seek to fill with Earth Materials. Their book provides a clearly written and well-illustrated overview of mineralogy and petrology that is suitable for an undergraduate audience.

Earth Materials begins with three chapters on crystal chemistry and crystallography that cover all of the basics, giving greater emphasis to macroscopic features...

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