Minerals: A Very Short Introduction by David VaughanMinerals: A Very Short Introduction by David Vaughan

Minerals: A Very Short Introduction

byDavid Vaughan

Paperback | October 30, 2014

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Minerals existed long before any forms of life, playing a key role in the origin and evolution of life; an interaction with biological systems that we are only now beginning to understand. Exploring the traditional strand of mineralogy, which emphasises the important mineral families, thewell-established analytical methods (optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction) and the dramatic developments made in techniques over recent decades, David Vaughan also introduces the modern strand of mineralogy, which explores the role minerals play in the plate tectonic cycle and how they interactwith the living world. Demonstrating how minerals can be critical for human health and illness by providing essential nutrients and releasing poisons, Vaughan explores the multitude of ways in which minerals have aided our understanding of the world.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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). ...
Title:Minerals: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:October 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199682844

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Table of Contents

1. The mineral world2. Studying minerals3. Minerals and the interior of the Earth4. Earth's surface and the cycling of minerals5. Minerals and the living world6. Minerals as resources7. Minerals past, present, and futureFurther readingIndex