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Earth Materials,9781444334609
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Earth Materials

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Today, as earth science curricula are evolving rapidly, many programs throughout the US are adopting new approaches to the study of earth materials. At many universities earth science departments are increasingly finding a single geological materials course to be an attractive requirement in lieu of the standard mineralogy-petrology sequence. Adopting such a requirement allows more room in the student's program for courses that address topical subjects such as environmental geoscience, earth surface processes, etc.Key features:* Only undergraduate text to cover all rocks and minerals in one volume * Place earth materials in context of earth systems * copiously illustrated

Table of Contents

Earth materials and the geosphere
Atoms, elements, bonds and coordination polyhedra
Atomic substitution, phase diagrams and isotopes
Mineral properties and rock-forming minerals
Optical identification of minerals
Classification of igneous rocks
Magma and intrusive structures
Volcanic features and landforms
Igneous rock associations
The sedimentary cycle: erosion, transportation, deposition and sedimentary structures
Weathering, sediment production and soils
Detrital sediments and sedimentary rocks
Biochemical sedimentary rocks
Metamorphism: stress, deformation and structures
Texture and classification of metamorphic rocks
Metamorphic zones, facies and facies series
Mineral resources and hazards
Periodic table
List of elements
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