Earth materials

Kevin Hefferan and John O'Brien

Minerals and rocks form the foundation of geologic studies. Excellent textbooks currently exist in mineralogy, igneous petrology, sedimentary petrology and metamorphic petrology. It is not our intention to compete with these textbooks. However, many universities have compressed separate mineralogy and petrology courses into a one- or two-semester Earth Materials course. Presently, no textbook adequately addresses the needs of an Earth Materials course. We have developed a textbook that encompasses the study of minerals, rocks as well as soil and water. This Earth Materials textbook is geared towards a one- or two-semester Earth Materials course, a combined mineralogy and petrology course, and can also be used by environmental scientists, engineering geologists, planners and laypersons interested in learning about minerals, rocks, soil and water in a comprehensive framework. We have attempted to create a readable, well illustrated textbook that is comprehensible and that weaves different disciplines into one cohesive fabric. Key features of this book include:* Equal coverage of mineralogy, sedimentary petrology, igneous petrology and metamorphic petrology* Copious field examples and regional relationships with graphics that illustrate the concepts discussed* Numerous case studies to show the uses of earth materials as resources and their fundamental role in our lives and the global economy, and their relation to natural and human-induced hazards* The integration of earth materials into a cohesive process-based earth systems framework*2 color throughout with a 64 pages 4 color section A companion website is available for this title at

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  • Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Earth materials and the geosphere. 2. Atoms, elements, bonds and coordination polyhedra. 3 Atomic substitution, phase diagrams and isotopes. 4. Crystallography. 5. Mineral properties and rock-forming minerals. 6. Optical identification of minerals. 7. Classification of igneous rocks. 8. Magma and intrusive structures. 9. Volcanic features and landforms. 10. Igneous rock associations. 11. The sedimentary cycle: erosion, transportation, deposition and sedimentary structures. 12. Weathering, sediment production and soils. 13. Detrital sediments and sedimentary rocks. 14. Biochemical sedimentary rocks. 15. Metamorphism. 16. Metamorphism: stress, deformation and structures. 17. Texture and classification of metamorphic rocks. 18. Metamorphic zones, facies and facies series. 19. Mineral resources and hazards. References. Index. Periodic table. List of elements.

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書名 Earth materials
著作者等 Hefferan, Kevin
O'Brien, John
出版元 Wiley-Blackwell.
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 vii, 608 p.
大きさ 29 cm
ISBN 9781444334609
NCID BB03135302
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国