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Minerals: A Very Short Introduction

David Vaughan

23 October 2014

ISBN: 9780199682843

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The Earth contains a vast array of minerals, many with highly complex arrangements of atoms of several elements. In this Very Short Introduction David Vaughan explores the structure of minerals, the conditions under which they form and transform, their properties, and their interaction with microbes, as well as their importance in human health.

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The Earth contains a vast array of minerals, many with highly complex arrangements of atoms of several elements. In this Very Short Introduction David Vaughan explores the structure of minerals, the conditions under which they form and transform, their properties, and their interaction with microbes, as well as their importance in human health.

  • Provides a unique overview of modern mineralogy
  • Explains how minerals grow and transform deep in the Earth
  • Emphasizes the importance of minerals as resources
  • Explores the importance of mineral impact on human health
  • Places mineral 'evolution' in the context of cosmology and planetology
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David Vaughan, Research Professor of Mineralogy, University of Manchester

David Vaughan is Research Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Manchester and Founding Director of the Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science at that University. He has held a Chair at Manchester since 1988. Professor Vaughan was educated at the Universities of London (BSc, MSc) and Oxford (DPhil, DSc). He has published more than 250 articles and a dozen books on topics in mineralogy and geochemistry. Awards he has received include the Schlumberger Medal of the Mineralogical Society (GB) and the Geochemistry Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently the President of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) and is the only scientist to have served as President of the MSA, of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the European Mineralogical Union. In 1989, the mineral vaughanite, from a gold mine in Ontario, was named in his honour by Canadian scientists.

Table of Contents

    1:The mineral world
    2:Studying minerals
    3:Minerals and the interior of the Earth
    4:Earth's surface and the cycling of minerals
    5:Minerals and the living world
    6:Minerals as resources
    7:Minerals past, present, and future
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"an excellent choice for those curious to dig deeper into the mineral world." - Geoscientist

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