The editors and contributing editors of this volume participated in a short course on micas in Rome late in the year 2000. It was organized by Prof. Annibale Mottana and several colleagues (details in the Preface below) and underwritten by the Italian National Acadmey, Accademai Nationale dei Lincei (ANL). The Academy subsequently joined with the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) in publishing this volume. MSA is grateful for their generous involvement.

I am particularly thankful to Prof. Mottana for Herculean efforts in supervising the editing of twelve manuscripts from six countries and submitting a single package containing everything needed to...

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