In Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology by Cornelis Klein and Anthony Philpotts, minerals and rocks are presented in the context of their geologic setting. This organization and the many field, hand sample, and thin sections photos (in color) make this book interesting and one that students are more inclined to read. Following an introduction to the formation of the elements and solid Earth processes, the book follows the outline of several mineralogy textbooks; chapters 3–6 discuss the physical properties of minerals, mineral chemistry, crystallography, and optical mineralogy, respectively. The last three chapters deal with economic minerals, resources, and...

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