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Earth Materials


By: Kevin Hefferan and John O'Brien

607 pages, illus

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Apr 2010 | #186210 | ISBN-13: 9781444334609
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Hardback | Apr 2010 | #183964 | ISBN-13: 9781405144339
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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)


Introduction.1. Composition of the earth.Section I: minerals.Chapter 1.Chapter 2. crystal chemistry.Chapter 3. crystallography.Chapter 4. Ore minerals.Chapter 5. Industrial minerals.Chapter 6. Gems.Chapter 7. Microscopic identification of minerals.Chapter 8. Overview of rock-forming processes; the rock cycle.Chapter 9. Overview of the major rock groups.Section II: igneous rock.Introduction.Chapter 10: composition of igneous rocks.Chapter 11: igneous textures.Chapter 12. Classification of igneous rocks.Chapter 13: the evolution of magma.Chapter 14. Plutons and plutonic structures.Chapter 15: volcanoes and volcanic structures.Chapter 16: igneous rock associations; their origin and distribution.Section III: sedimentary rocks.Chapter 17: sediments, sediment production and the sedimentary cycle.Chapter 18: Detrital sediments and sedimentary rocks.Chapter 19: transportation, deposition & syngenetic structures of clastic sedimentary rocks.Chapter 20: secondary sedimentary structures.Chapter 21: detrital sediment depositional models.Chapter 22: Carbonate sediments and sedimentary rocks.Chapter 23: evaporites.Chapter 24: siliceous rocks.Chapter 25: sedimentary phosphorites, coals and iron-rich rocks.Section IV. Metamorphic rocks.Chapter 26 .metamorphism.Chapter 27. Types of metamorphism.Chapter 28. Metamorphic textures.Chapter 29. Classification of metamorphic rocks.Chapter 30. Metamorphic facies and facies series.References.Appendices

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Kevin Hefferan was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ to parents originating from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland. Kevin received his geologic training at New Jersey City State University, Bryn Mawr College and Duke University. Kevin is married to Sherri (Cramer) Hefferan and is the proud father of Kaeli, Patrick, Sierra, Keegan and Quin of Stevens Point, WI. Married (Anita, 40 years) with two sons (Tyler, 30 and Owen, 26). Born (10 Dec., 1941) in Seattle, Washington, raised there and in Ohio and southern California. Parents were teachers, so summers were spent with family travelling throughout the west, imbuing me with a passion for the natural world. Discovered a passion for working with students as a teaching assistant at Miami University (Ohio) and combined the two passions in a career teaching geological sciences at New Jersey City University. A sedimentologist by training, I took over responsibility for mineralogy, petrology and structure courses when a colleague departed. The Earth Materials text is in part the result of that serendipitous occurrence.

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