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5.0 out of 5 stars Petrology : Only Buy one book - this one
If you are studying Geology, or ever plan to, this book is one of the few "must haves".
Petrology, the study of rocks, is a vast and dangerous expanse full of deep Olivine cravasses, mica lakes and pyroxene swamps. Will you recognise them? Will petrology be the death of you?
Mackenzie and Guilfords book, along with Deer Howie and Zussman is an...
Published on 8 Oct 2000 by @DigitalJonathan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best on the market
As a post graduate student in geology my expectations are very high with regard to scientific texts. I found this book a little lacking; it is more an introduction to the basics of optical mineralogy with a series of reasonable pictures. Having said that the book is of a good size and well put together. It often accompanies Nesse text books such as An introduction to...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Petrology : Only Buy one book - this one, 8 Oct 2000
This review is from: Atlas of the Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section (Paperback)
If you are studying Geology, or ever plan to, this book is one of the few "must haves".
Petrology, the study of rocks, is a vast and dangerous expanse full of deep Olivine cravasses, mica lakes and pyroxene swamps. Will you recognise them? Will petrology be the death of you?
Mackenzie and Guilfords book, along with Deer Howie and Zussman is an exceptional reference. All the key minerals that the degree level student will come across in thin section, are dealt with - their pleochroism , their relief and texture. In addition, some common mineral assemblages are also reviewed.
I would have drowned during my Petrology lessons without this book - other students will know that Dr Speedyman is only so good!
If you only buy one Petrology book, buy this one. The Atlas of Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section is your Petrological Bible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best on the market, 6 Nov 2010
This review is from: Atlas of the Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section (Paperback)
As a post graduate student in geology my expectations are very high with regard to scientific texts. I found this book a little lacking; it is more an introduction to the basics of optical mineralogy with a series of reasonable pictures. Having said that the book is of a good size and well put together. It often accompanies Nesse text books such as An introduction to optical mineralogy and is therefore free when purchasing the other text. So if you are looking at getting this book I would suggest buying it bundled with another book as alone it is expensive. While the colour images are a little washed out they are still useful however it does lack sufficient information on metamorphic minerals. If you are looking for a good book on optical mineralogy as an introduction or a reference book I would suggest this book as an alternative "A Colour Atlas of Rocks and Minerals in Thin Section" by W. S. Mackenzie and A. E. Adams. It's by the same author but a much better book, the images are clearer and it is far cheaper, with far more useful information. It also has an excellent section on optical mineralogy of rocks in thin section such as gabbro's,rhyolites and andesites. The book is still however focused on igneous petrology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars happy customer, 8 Jan 2011
This review is from: Atlas of the Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section (Paperback)
book arrived within less than a week of ordering, in excellent condition, and I look forward to using it next term
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