Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy
Written by M. Darby Dyar and Mickey E. Gunter
Illustrations and animations by Dennis Tasa
Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy is a college-level textbook designed for courses in rocks and minerals, mineralogy, and optical mineralogy. It covers crystallography, crystal chemistry, systematic mineralogy, and optical mineralogy. The textbook is organized to facilitate spiral learning, with introductory through advanced chapters on each of these four topics. A chapter on hand sample identification is also included.
The included DVD-ROM contains well over a thousand animations and full-color images of every illustration in the text. It has a searchable mineral database with more than 600 mineral species. Each entry can be printed as a two-page description, allowing users to create customized lab manuals. New version 1.1 of the Interactive Mineralogy DVD-ROM is compatible with Mac OS 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. Click here for upgrade.
Three programs written by CrystalMaker Software are also included on the DVD-ROM to view mineral structures as well as to calculate their powder diffraction and single crystal diffraction patterns. A modified version of CrystalMaker®, called CrystalViewer, was specially designed for the book and database and demo versions of CrystalDiffract® and SingleCrystal™ are included for the diffraction calculations.
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Examples from the Text
Table of contents
Sample sections from the text:
...from Chapter 1, The Essence of Mineralogy
...from Chapter 10, Mineral Formulas
...from Chapter 12, Symmetry
...from Chapter 15, Diffraction
...from Chapter 23, Non-Silicate Minerals
Examples of Animations from the DVD-ROM
(Requires screen resolution of 1024 x 768 and opens in new window.):
...from Chapter 9. Chemical Analysis of Minerals
...from Chapter 10. Mineral Formulas
...from Chapter 11. Introduction to Symmetry
...from Chapter 15. Diffraction
...from Chapter 17. Optical Crystallography
...from Chapter 18. Optical Crystal Chemistry
Examples of pages from "Print Your Own Lab Manual" on DVD-ROM
albite, diopside, gedrite, quartz, sapphirine, sillimanite, titanite, wollastonite
DVD-ROM Technical Support
Errata (Book and DVD-ROM)