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A Practical Guide to Rock Microstructure

Handbook / ManualNew Edition

By: Ronald H Vernon(Author)

430 pages, 254 colour plates, 61 illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 2018 | Edition: 2 | #240856 | ISBN-13: 9781108427241
Available for pre-order: Due Sep 2018 Details
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A clear understanding of the processes responsible for observed rock microstructures is essential for making reliable petrogenetic interpretations, including inferences made from chemical and isotopic analyses of minerals. A Practical Guide to Rock Microstructure presents a comprehensive survey of rock microstructures, emphasising basic concepts and the latest methods, while highlighting potential pitfalls in the interpretation of the origin of rock microstructure. Richly illustrated with over 250 colour photographs, including more than 10% new photomicrographs and several mesoscopic images, it demonstrates the basic processes responsible for the wide variety of microstructures in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. This second edition includes extensive updates to the coverage of igneous rocks as well as recent ideas on physical processes in migmatites and partial melting of sedimentary rocks. This practical guide will continue to be an invaluable resource to advanced students and early-career researchers of mineralogy, petrology and structural geology, as well as professional geologists and material scientists.

"An excellent compendium of extensively illustrated microstructures representing the full spectrum of rock types [...] Vernon's in-depth treatment of microstructures is a valuable addition to the applied literature [...] Essential."
– M.E. McCallum, emeritus, Colorado State University, CHOICE



1. Background
2. Microstructures of Sedimentary Rocks
3. Microstructures of Igneous Rocks
4. Microstructures of Metamorphic Rocks
5. Microstructures of Deformed Rocks

Glossary of Microstructural and Related Terms

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Ron Vernon is Emeritus Professor of Geology at Macquarie University. He has taught undergraduate geology courses in Australia, the US and Canada, as well as writing two books, Metamorphic Processes (1976) and Beneath Our Feet (2000). The latter provides a clear and enthusiastic introduction to rocks for the non-geologist.

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