The most recent endeavor in this long-standing series of informative overviews of mineralogy and geochemical topics is available from the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society. The book, volume 70 in the Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry series, grew out of a short course held in conjunction with the 2009 Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference in Davos, Switzerland. Although I attended the meeting, I opted for a pre-meeting field trip as opposed to the short course, and now, after reading this book, I am having some second thoughts about that decision. As both an economic geologist and applied geochemist, I...

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