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5.0 out of 5 stars Good undergrad college textbook for optical mineralogy., 16 Nov 1997
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This review is from: Introduction to Optical Mineralogy (Hardcover)
Remarkably lucid yet accurate presentation of a subject often found difficult by students.
The first third of the text deals with the properties of light, the use and care of the petrographic microscope, and the optical properties of minerals and how to use these to identify mineral grains in thin sections.
Much of the text contains detailed descriptions of the commoner rock-forming minerals from the standpoint of the petrographer. Descriptive diagrams and photographs, and capitalized section headings, separated paragraphs, and all typeface (font) easy to read. Paper is quality glossy and easy to use.
Appendices include Identification Tables based upon various optical properties, tables which have proved their use to students taking the course. Also includes the standard fold-up Interference Color Chart, on quality glossy paper, and on its reverse a table of birefringence versus relief (difference in refractive index).
The author retains consideration for students, including photos of such non-minerals as may confuse the tyro, such as textile fibers, bubbles, and grinding compound, all of which get into thin sections (petrographic slides).
Excellently laid out and organized, it also contains a good Index. This text was written for college students taking petrography and optical mineralogy, and has been kept, rather than sold, even by some students who never expect to use a petrographic microscope again. College instructors take notice, as for a junior to senior level petrography course this text probably rates a 9 or a 10. [DMM]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for first year degree level Geology, 19 May 2002
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I found this book to be of enormous help when revising for my first year Geology degree exams. It contains comprehensive lists of minerals of all categories, and identifying features useful for microscope work.
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