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Mineralogy for Petrologists Optics, Chemistry and Occurrences of Rock-Forming Minerals

By: Michel Demange(Author)
201 pages, 1 b/w photo, b/w illustrations, tables, 400+ colour plates on CD-ROM
Publisher: CRC Press
Mineralogy for Petrologists
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  • Mineralogy for Petrologists ISBN: 9780415684217 Hardback May 2012 In stock
Price: £66.99
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Comprising a guidebook and a full colour CD-ROM, Mineralogy for Petrologists set offers illustrated essentials to study mineralogy, applied to petrology. While there are some excellent reference works available on this subject, Mineralogy for Petrologists is unique for its data richness and its visual character.

With a collection of images that excels both in detail and aesthetics, 151 minerals are presented in more than 400 plates. Different facies and paragenesis, both in natural polarized light, are shown for every mineral and optical data, sketches of the crystal habitus, chemical composition, occurrence and a brief description are included. The accompanying user guide gives a general introduction to microscope mineral observation, systematic mineralogy, mineral chemistry, occurrence, stability, paragenesis, structural formula calculation and its use in petrology.

This compact set will serve as a field manual to students, researchers and professionals in geology, geological, mining, and mineral resources engineering to observe and determine minerals in their studies or field work.


Why the microscope? Purpose of the book
Use of the CD
Browsing the CD

1 Rocks and minerals
1.1 What is a mineral?
1.1.1 An ordered atomic structure
1.1.2 A given chemical composition
.2 Classification of the minerals
1.3 Factors of occurrence of minerals
1.3.1 Physical factors
1.3.2 Chemical factors Parameters linked to the fluid phase Chemical composition of the rock Silica saturation of igneous rocks Alumina saturation of igneous rocks
1.4 Plan adopted in this guide

2 Observations with the petrographic microscope
2.1 Indicatrix (refractive index ellipsoid)
2.2 The petrographic microscope
2.3 Crystalline plate with parallel faces in crossed polarized light
2.4 Observations in parallel polarized light (PPL)
2.4.1 Forms, fractures, cleavages
2.4.2 Index/refringence
2.4.3 Color – Pleochroism
2.4.4 Inclusions
2.4.5 Alterations
2.5 Observations in cross polarized light (CPL)
2.5.1 Interference colors – Birefringence
2.5.2 Anomalous interference colors
2.5.3 Position of the indicatrix – Angle of extinction
2.5.4 Sign of elongation
2.5.5 Twinning
2.6 Observations in convergent polarized light
2.6.1 Obtain an interference figure
2.6.2 Uniaxial mineral: section perpendicular to the optic axis Determining optic sign
2.6.3 Biaxial mineral: section perpendicular to an optic axis Determining optic sign
2.6.4 Biaxial mineral: section perpendicular to the bisector of the acute angle of the optic axes Determining optic sign
2.6.5 Dispersion
2.7 Fluid and melt inclusions in rock-forming minerals
2.7.1 Definitions
2.7.2 Identification of the fluid/melt content
2.7.3 Primary versus secondary inclusions
2.7.4 Potential interest of fluid/melt inclusion studies

3 Systematic mineralogy
3.1 Major tectosilicates: quartz – feldspars – feldspathoids
3.1.1 Silica group
3.1.2 Feldspars Chemical composition Stability of feldspars Occurrences of feldspars Alteration of the feldspars
3.1.3 Feldspathoids Chemical composition Occurrences
3.2 Major ferro-magnesian minerals: micas, chlorites, amphiboles, pyroxenes, olivines, serpentines
3.2.1 Micas and related minerals Structure and chemical composition Alterations of micas Stability of micas Occurrences of micas Lithium-bearing micas Paragonite Brittle micas Stilpnomelane Talc Zussmanite – Howieite – Deerite
3.2.2 Chlorites Structure and chemical composition Occurrences of chlorites
3.2.3 Amphiboles Structure and chemical composition Classification of the amphiboles (Leake, 1978) Stability of amphiboles Occurrences of amphiboles
3.2.4 Pyroxenes Structure and chemical composition Stability of pyroxenes Occurrences of the pyroxenes
3.2.5 Olivine group Structure and chemical composition Stability of olivines Occurrences of olivines Alterations of olivine
3.2.6 Serpentine and serpentinization
3.3 Aluminous minerals
3.3.1 Structure and chemical composition Alumina silicates: andalusite, sillimanite, kyanite Aluminous garnets Staurolite Chloritoid Cordierite Magnesiocarpholite Sapphirine Topaz Beryl Corundum Pyrophyllite Diaspore (gibbsite and boehmite)
3.3.2 Occurrences Metamorphic rocks Igneous rocks Metasomatic rocks Sedimentary rocks and alterites
3.4 Calcic, magnesian and calc-magnesian minerals
3.4.1 Chemical composition and stability Carbonates Aluminous, anhydrous and hydrated, calcic silicates Non aluminous calcium silicates Magnesian, non-aluminous silicates (oxides and hydroxides) (anhydrous and hydrated; saturated and under-saturated in silica) Ferro-magnesian calcic silicates
3.4.2 Occurrences Sedimentary rocks Metamorphic rocks Igneous rocks Hydrothermal veins Alteration minerals
3.5 Accessory minerals
3.5.1 Spinel group Chemical composition Occurrences
3.5.2 Boron minerals Tourmaline Axinite Datolite
3.5.3 Phosphates Apatite Monazite Xenotime
3.5.4 Lithium bearing minerals Amblygonite Petalite Pollucite
3.5.5 Titanium bearing minerals Rutile Ilmenite Titanite Perovskite
3.5.6 Zircon
3.5.7 Titano-and zircono-silicates and silicates of the alkaline rocks
3.5.8 Oxides of niobium, tantale and zirconium of alkaline rocks
3.6 Minerals of sedimentary rocks and alterites
3.6.1 Clay minerals Structure and chemical composition Occurrences
3.6.2 Evaporites minerals
3.7 Ore minerals
3.7.1 Barite
3.7.2 Fluorite
3.7.3 Sphalerite
3.7.4 Scheelite
3.7.5 Cassiterite

Appendix – Calculation of the structural formula of a mineral
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Dr. Michel Demange has devoted his career to regional geology and tectonics of metamorphic and magmatic terranes and to ore deposits. Graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and holding a Docteur-es-Sciences from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, he has been active in a rich variety of geological projects and investigations around the world. In combination with his teaching and research activities at the École des Mines in Paris, France, he headed various research studies. This book benefits from the great experience in field studies, research and teaching and the wealth of data and images accumulated during his career. This book and its companion volume are both available in French from the Presses de l’École des Mines, Paris.

By: Michel Demange(Author)
201 pages, 1 b/w photo, b/w illustrations, tables, 400+ colour plates on CD-ROM
Publisher: CRC Press
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