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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. This text offers the only undergraduate text to cover all rocks and minerals in one volume. With numerous illustrations, it places earth materials in context of earth systems.
Minerals and rocks form the foundation of geologic studies. Excellent
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Produktbeschreibung
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. This text offers the only undergraduate text to cover all rocks and minerals in one volume. With numerous illustrations, it places earth materials in context of earth systems.
Minerals and rocks form the foundation of geologic studies. Excellent textbooks currently exist in mineralogy, igneous petrology, sedimentary petrology and metamorphic petrology. It is not our intention to compete with these textbooks. However, many universities have compressed separate mineralogy and petrology courses into a one- or two-semester Earth Materials course. Presently, no textbook adequately addresses the needs of an Earth Materials course. We have developed a textbook that encompasses the study of minerals, rocks as well as soil and water. This Earth Materials textbook is geared towards a one- or two-semester Earth Materials course, a combined mineralogy and petrology course, and can also be used by environmental scientists, engineering geologists, planners and laypersons interested in learning about minerals, rocks, soil and water in a comprehensive framework. We have attempted to create a readable, well illustrated textbook that is comprehensible and that weaves different disciplines into one cohesive fabric. Key features of this book include: * Equal coverage of mineralogy, sedimentary petrology, igneous petrology and metamorphic petrology * Copious field examples and regional relationships with graphics that illustrate the concepts discussed * Numerous case studies to show the uses of earth materials as resources and their fundamental role in our lives and the global economy, and their relation to natural and human-induced hazards * The integration of earth materials into a cohesive process-based earth systems framework * 2 color throughout with a 64 pages 4 color section A companion website is available for this title at www.wiley.com/go/hefferan/earthmaterials.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons / John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Seitenzahl: 624
  • Erscheinungstermin: 23. April 2010
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 275mm x 221mm x 31mm
  • Gewicht: 1640g
  • ISBN-13: 9781444334609
  • ISBN-10: 1444334603
  • Artikelnr.: 30602273
Autorenporträt
Kevin Hefferan is the author of Earth Materials, published by Wiley.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Earth materials and the geosphere. 2. Atoms
elements
bonds and coordination polyhedra. 3 Atomic substitution
phase diagrams and isotopes. 4. Crystallography. 5. Mineral properties and rock-forming minerals. 6. Optical identification of minerals. 7. Classification of igneous rocks. 8. Magma and intrusive structures. 9. Volcanic features and landforms. 10. Igneous rock associations. 11. The sedimentary cycle: erosion
transportation
deposition and sedimentary structures. 12. Weathering
sediment production and soils. 13. Detrital sediments and sedimentary rocks. 14. Biochemical sedimentary rocks. 15. Metamorphism. 16. Metamorphism: stress
deformation and structures. 17. Texture and classification of metamorphic rocks. 18. Metamorphic zones
facies and facies series. 19. Mineral resources and hazards. References. Index. Periodic table. List of elements.