607 pages, illus
Today, as earth science curricula are evolving rapidly, many programs throughout the US are adopting new approaches to the study of earth materials. At many universities earth science departments are increasingly finding a single geological materials course to be an attractive requirement in lieu of the standard mineralogy - petrology sequence. Adopting such a requirement allows more room in the student's program for courses that address topical subjects such as environmental geoscience, earth surface processes, and more. This is the only undergraduate text to cover all rocks and minerals in one volume. It places earth materials in context of earth systems. It is copiously illustrated.
The textbook is comprehensive in some respects; there are two and a half pages on luster and streak, and many minerals are documented that 99.9% of earth scientists will never encounter. (Geological Magazine, 2011)
"There is a pressing need for a single book that compresses the most significant aspects of material previously presented in multiple standard rigorous courses to meet the generally less demanding requirements of much of today's job market. Hefferan and O'Brien have accomplished this task with Earth Materials. This work should fill an important niche for lower- to intermediate- level earth and/or environmental science courses." ("CHOICE", January 2011)
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