A good text for reference purposes.
-thick pages make it durable, a plus for a textbook that is likely to become a reference book
-lots of info on common minerals for reference
-essential mineralogy knowledge is in there...
-...the info in the book is on the internet but tends to be very scattered, not much mineralogy on wikipedia unlike biology, chemistry, common core classes, etc. search a few topics in this book and all you get is scholarly research pdf papers.. and you probably won't understand those or find them very useful.
-it makes you feel smart to read it and actually understand it... although that can be time-consuming
-no color photos, although not really necessary, but the nice cover photo is misleading
-NOT an easy reading textbook-
-info is DENSE and requires multiple readings and supplemental sources to really understand it...not many good supplemental sources out there
-there are some essential and difficult concepts that the book just glances over in a paragraph or two, there should be a student guide to flesh out the info, although it would probably need to be many times thicker than the textbook itself...
-mineralogy is probably the hardest class on the path to a BS in geology or related majors once you get through chem, calc, and physics.
- Hardcover: 495 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press USA; 3 edition (28 December 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0190618353
- ISBN-13: 978-0190618353
- Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 2.5 x 22.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)