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A Practical Guide to Rock Microstructure

by Ron H. (Macquarie University, Sydney) Vernon

A Practical Guide to Rock Microstructure Synopsis

A clear understanding of the processes responsible for observed rock microstructures is essential for making reliable petrogenetic interpretations, including inferences made from chemical and isotopic analyses of minerals. This volume presents a comprehensive survey of rock microstructures, emphasising basic concepts and the latest methods, while highlighting potential pitfalls in the interpretation of the origin of rock microstructure. Richly illustrated with over 250 colour photographs, including more than 10 percent new photomicrographs and several mesoscopic images, it demonstrates the basic processes responsible for the wide variety of microstructures in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. This second edition includes extensive updates to the coverage of igneous rocks as well as recent ideas on physical processes in migmatites and partial melting of sedimentary rocks. This practical guide will continue to be an invaluable resource to advanced students and early-career researchers of mineralogy, petrology and structural geology, as well as professional geologists and material scientists.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108427241
Publication date: 6th December 2018
Author: Ron H. (Macquarie University, Sydney) Vernon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 440 pages
Categories: Petrology, Geological surface processes (geomorphology), Soil science, sedimentology, Stratigraphy,

About Ron H. (Macquarie University, Sydney) Vernon

Ron H. Vernon is an Emeritus Professor of Geology at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has taught petrology to undergraduates for over forty years and has conducted workshops on rock microstructure for undergraduate and graduate students across the world. He is also the author of Metamorphic Processes (1976), Beneath Our Feet (Cambridge, 2000) and Principles of Metamorphic Petrology (Cambridge, 2008, co-authored with Geoff Clarke).

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