Rocks and Minerals in Thin Section: A Colour Atlas Paperback – 1 Apr 1994
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This is an excellent book. I am sure that this book will be welcomed both by beginners to thin-section studies, and by those of us who have become a little rusty
A book to be recommended
―Open University Geological Society Journal
…the production is exquisite...It will make a useful contribution to petrographic teaching
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In this concise, clear and handy–sized volume, aimed at the introductory undergraduate level, these highly respected and successful authors explain to the reader, with the help of 180 superb color photomicrographs, how to observe, describe and identify thin section samples of rocks and minerals using the polarizing microscope. The book highlights important diagnostic features of minerals and deals with all rock types – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic – with equal emphasis and authority, giving students the knowledge and confidence to begin to identify specimens for themselves. Each photograph has been specially prepared for the book and has been reproduced in a generous size to the highest quality. In addition to its value to students and instructors in geology, geography, civil engineering and materials science, the book stands on its own as a beautiful collection of photomicrographs and a permanent source of reference and fascination for all those interested in the nature and science of the world of rocks and minerals.
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The book is great for students new to the study of rocks in thin section. It covers all of the most important rock-forming minerals and then introduces the rocks that they are most commonly found in. There are also sections covering most of the most common and important textures. The accompanying text is simple and easy to understand and does not become bogged down with elaborate language or over-complication.
All in all, a good low-cost option for 1st and 2nd year students who take fright at the price of Mackenzie's Atlases.
The photographs are excellent and the text well-written.
I do appreciate, however, that for some it may be a bit basic: I don't really see myself using this much beyond this first year of my degree scheme.
In short, great for a better basic understading, but not a great long-term investment... I borrowed mine from the uni library - perhaps a better idea.
The colour atlas is a real beginner's guide which shows the perfect examples of various rocks in thin section and the more popular minerals. The section on feldspars is ok, but could go into more detail - it only shows sanidine, microcline and plagioclase for some odd reason.
As it result this book lay unused for three years and was a sheer waste. Spend your loans on other books by MacKenzie - but not this one!
This book is extremely helpful for identifying minerals under thin section, especially for those who have no prior experience. In my first and second year I did two modules which involved rock thin sections and this book helped me a lot. It is very clearly laid out and it points out all the things you need to look out for.
I would highly recommend it to anyone studying earth sciences or anything that involves thin sections!
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Extremely handy as I enter the geology section of my Natural Science Degree.Published 6 months ago by Paul Ballantyne
Helped my friend to pass her course. Worth the investment.Published 8 months ago by Kevin O St Hill
Really detailed book, well explained and extremely interesting. I learnt a lot!Published 12 months ago by T.S
V. Good for lab work. Although it would be great if it included more minerals and rock types.Published 17 months ago by Nawal Al-Sulaiti
Great supplementary book for beginner mineralogists. Pictures are great, but of course not all minerals and textures can only be identified by images. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brooke Norling
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