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Physics and Chemistry of Earth Materials (Cambridge Topics in Mineral Physics and Chemistry) [Paperback]

Alexandra Navrotsky

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25 Nov 1994 0521358949 978-0521358941 6
With an approach that stresses the fundamental solid state behaviour of minerals, and with emphasis on both theory and experiment, this 1995 text surveys the physics and chemistry of earth materials. It starts with a systematic tour of crystal chemistry of both simple and complex structures (with completely new structural drawings) and discusses how structural and thermodynamic information is obtained experimentally. The quantitative concepts of chemical bonding - band theory, molecular orbit and ionic models - are reviewed. The book goes on to discuss physical properties and to relate microscopic features to macroscopic thermodynamic behaviour. The book then discusses high pressure phase transitions, amorphous materials and solid state reactions, and concludes with a look at the interface between mineral physics and materials science. Highly illustrated throughout, this book fills the gap between undergraduate texts and specialised review volumes, for students in earth sciences and materials science.

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'… the book is remarkably easy to read and carries you along rather like a novel in places.' Martin Elsworth, The Open University Geological Society

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With an approach that stresses the fundamental solid state behaviour of minerals, and with emphasis on both theory and experiment, this 1995 text surveys the physics and chemistry of earth materials.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Analyze and Understand Properties of Minerals and Rocks 10 Feb 2011
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Physics and Chemistry of Earth Materials is as described and appropriate for the upper undergraduate. This is a wide ranging physical and chemical review of rocks and minerals. Navrotsky demonstrates her skill as a teacher and the research she has conducted; she analyzes and describes as a physicist and as a chemist.

As a student, read the first 2 sections of each and every chapter before studying: you will gain an overall understanding from Dr. Navrotsky's concise preview and examples. Experimental methods are described in the context of radiation interactions with matter. Problem sets don't follow chapters at this level.

New professionals will get concise introductions from the chapter[s]pertaining to their specific research. Research topics are also indicated in a few chapters. Then to further your literature review consult the references following each chapter.
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