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Rocks and Minerals in Thin Section
A Colour Atlas





ISBN 9781138028067
Published November 27, 2017 by CRC Press
232 Pages 180 Color Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This concise, clear and handy–sized volume, aimed at the undergraduate level, provides an introduction to the observation, description and identifi cation in thin section, using the polarizing microscope, of samples of the commonlyoccurring rocks and minerals. Illustrated with a wealth of full colour thin section photomicrographs, and with the original images enhanced by new examples and a revised text, the book explains how to observe mineral and rock samples under the microscope. The book highlights the important diagnostic features of minerals and deals with all rock types – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic – each with equal emphasis and authority, giving students the knowledge and confi dence to begin to identify specimens for themselves. While intended for students in geology, geography, civil engineering and materials science, the book stands on its own as a beautiful collection of photomicrographs and a permanent source of reference and fascination for all those interested in the nature and science of the world of rocks and minerals.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Optical mineralogy
The polarizing microscope
Description of minerals
Shape and habit of crystals
Colour and pleochroism
Cleavage
Relief
Birefringence
Extinction angles
Twinning and zoning
Undulose extinction and sub-grain structure
Alteration
Grain size

Part 2 Minerals
Olivine
Orthopyroxene
Clinopyroxene
Two-pyroxene intergrowth
Amphibole
Biotite
Muscovite
Chlorite
Quartz
Feldspars
Sanidine
Microcline
Plagioclase
Nepheline
Calcite
Garnet
Opaque minerals

Part 3 Igneous rocks
Peridotite
Basalt
Olivine basalt
Basalt
Dolerite
Olivine gabbro
Gabbro
Andesite
Diorite
Granodiorite
Rhyolite
Microgranite
Granite
Alkali granite
Phonolite
Nepheline syenite
Lamprophyre
Ignimbrite

Part 4 Sedimentary rocks
Terrigenous clastic rocks
Carbonate rocks
Quartz arenite
Feldspars in sedimentary rocks
Sub-arkose
Arkose
Sub-litharenite
Litharenite
Wacke/Greywacke
Micaceous sandstone
Calcareous sandstone
Glauconitic sandstone
Mudstone
Ooid grainstone
Ooid packstone
Bioclast packstone
Bioclast wackestone
Intraclast grainstone
Peloid grainstone
Carbonate mudstone
Dolomite
Radiolarian chert
Replacement chert
Evaporite
Ooidal ironstone
Banded ironstone
Volcaniclastic rocks
Porosity in sedimentary rocks

Part 5 Metamorphic rocks
Textures of metamorphic rocks
Schistosity and schists
Gneissic foliation and gneisses
Mylonite
Cataclasite
Crenulations
Lineations
Reaction textures
Metamorphosed mudstones (pelites)
Chloritoid schist
Garnet mica schist
Staurolite schist
Kyanite gneiss
Garnet-sillimanite gneiss
Andalusite-cordierite hornfels
Garnet-cordierite hornfels (Granofels)
Metamorphosed carbonate rocks
Forsterite and diopside marble
Metamorphosed basic rocks
Garnet epidote amphibolite
Amphibolite
Two pyroxene granofels
Glaucophane-lawsonite-schist (Blueschist)
Glaucophane-epidote (Blue) schist
Eclogite
Ultramafic rocks

Appendices

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Author(s)

Biography

W.S. MacKenzie was Emeritus Professor of Petrology at the University of Manchester, England.

A.E. Adams is retired Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Manchester, England.

K.H. Brodie is Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Manchester, England.