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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (1 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874545170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874545170
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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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
Geology Today

A book to be recommended
Open University Geological Society Journal

…the production is exquisite...It will make a useful contribution to petrographic teaching
Geological Magazine

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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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I was in two minds about buying this book after reading the previous reviews. However, I am very happy with the purchase.
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.
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An excellent book for my BSc Geology degree. Very helpful if you are unsure about the properties and appearances of certain minerals in thin section. An invaluable tool. Anyone who says it is not useful is obviously not using it correctly!
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I am currently studying geology through the Open University, and was really struggling to get my head around what minerals I was actually trying to identify. It's hard to read a description of a mineral and then try to interpret it visually. This book has come to the rescue and has been invaluable to me. Nice book and pictures are great.
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I'm a first year Earth Sciences student and found this book invaluable, as a revision guide but also to clear up anything I was unsure on.

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.
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I wanted a pictorial guide for use with my petrological microscope. This is perfect and has all the detail plus the correct terminology (reminds me of my geology training). Just what I needed and now I can start to make my own slides. Perfect for the student needing a full guide, and the amateur needing a reference. Lots of pictures, just what I needed for use with my microscope.
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This book is a useful pocket size and has particularly clear printing and colours. It is very helpful to geology students, giving both plane polarized and crossed polar thin section views of the main rocks and minerals.
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I bought this atlas and basically all it is really is pretty pictures. Not worth the money. If you want real help in mineralogy then buy "A practical introduction to optical mineralogy" by Gribble and Hall instead.
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!
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I bought this in my first year under recommendation from a then third year.
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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