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  • ISBN: 0199682844
  • ISBN: 9780199682843
  • Physical Description: print
    xvii, 137 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2014.

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The mineral world -- Studying minerals -- Minerals ... Read More
Subject: Minerals

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Minerals: a Very Short Introduction
Minerals: a Very Short Introduction
by Vaughan, David
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Minerals: a Very Short Introduction


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.
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