This is a textbook aimed at university-level mineralogy classes, but professional geologists will find the book and its accompanying DVD-ROM to be a very enjoyable review. This reviewer agrees with the authors that the book is not just another book on the subject of mineralogy. The book is unique with respect to its repetitive approach to teaching mineralogical facts, inquiry-based introductions for each aspect of mineralogical subject matter, strong adherence to the explanation of both physical and optical properties of minerals as reflections of their atomic structures, discussion of many current industrial uses of minerals, and especially in the provision...

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