This course examines the relationship between the structure of minerals, their chemistry, and their physical properties. Topics include crystallography, defect properties, phase transitions, and analytical tools, followed by detailed study of specific mineral groups or mineralogical topics. Prereq: GEOS21000 or consent of instructor.
Tu, Th 10:30-11:50
The syllabus and other class materials will be posted on Chalk.
No specific textbook is required for this course. However, you will find that a standard mineralogy text is a useful reference, not only for this course but for your remaining studies and beyond. I recommend any of the following, that you may have obtained for your earlier mineralogy course:
Introduction to Mineralogy, by W. D. Nesse (ISBN 0195106911).
Manual of Mineral Science, 23rd edition, by C. Klein and B. Dutrow (ISBN 0471721573). Older editions will also serve you well.
Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy, by M. D. Dyar, M. E. Gunter, and D. Tasa (ISBN 0939950812). Includes useful software.
Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin, by H.-R. Wenk and A. Bulakh (ISBN 0521529581).
An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals, 2nd edition, by Deer, Howie, and Zussman (ISBN 0582300940). Solid reference for mineral descriptions.
Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry, by F. D. Bloss (ISBN 0939950375). Well written and well illustrated.
Introduction to Crystallography, by D. E. Sands (ISBN 0486678393). Concise.
An Introduction to the Mineral Sciences, by A. Putnis (ISBN 0521429471). Interesting twist on mineralogy, with an emphasis on defects, kinetics, and phase transformations.
Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry
Analytical and Experimental Methods
Maybe Defect Properties
Review of Major Minerals
Mineralogy of the Core
Mineralogy of the Mantle
Mineralogy of the Crust
Possible Specialized Topics
Nanominerals and Biominerals
Ores and Industrial Minerals