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This is an ideal textbook for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students. It contains valuable coverage of the optical properties of minerals, as well as up-to-date descriptions of common rock-forming minerals. The chapters on optical theory include discussions of the nature and properties of light, the petrographic microscope, and the behavior of light in isotropic materials and in uniaxial and biaxial anisotropic materials. Thoroughly revised to include recent developments in the field, the book includes step-by-step procedures to guide students through the determination of all optical properties by which minerals are routinely identified with a petrographic microscope. Readers will find descriptive information on over 125 common rock forming minerals, and many photomicrographs and illustrations. The book also includes a flow sheet to guide students through the process of identifying an unknown mineral.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195060249
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


WILLIAM D. NESSE is Professor of Geology at the University of Northern Colorado, where he has taught for more than 25 years. He is the author of Introduction to Mineralogy (OUP, 2000) and the Instructor's Manual for Putnam's Geology (OUP, 1989). He is a member of the Geological Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of America, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and the Colorado Scientific Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Light 1
Ch. 2 The Petrographic Microscope 14
Ch. 3 Refractometry 25
Ch. 4 Optics of Isotropic Materials 34
Ch. 5 Optics of Anisotropic Minerals: Introduction 37
Ch. 6 Uniaxial Optics 53
Ch. 7 Biaxial Optics 76
Ch. 8 Reflected Light Optics 110
Ch. 9 Identification of Minerals 122
Ch. 10 Framework Silicates 128
Ch. 11 Sheet Silicates 164
Ch. 12 Chain Silicates 184
Ch. 13 Disilicates and Ring Silicates 223
Ch. 14 Orthosilicates 241
Ch. 15 Carbonates, Borates, Sulfates, and Phosphates 262
Ch. 16 Native Elements, Sulfides, Halides, Oxides, and Hydroxides 285
App. A Sample Preparation 316
App. B Identification Tables 319
App. C Mineral Associations 335
Mineral Index 339
Subject Index 343
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