By W. S. MacKenzie
Atlas of igneous rocks and their textures A significant other quantity to the Atlas of Rock-forming Minerals in skinny part, this full-colour guide is designed for use as a laboratory handbook either by means of uncomplicated scholars of earth sciences project a examine of igneous rocks in skinny part lower than the microscope, and by way of extra complicated scholars and lecturers as a reference paintings. The booklet is split into components — half One is dedicated to pictures of a few of the universal textures present in igneous rocks with short descriptions accompanying every one picture. half illustrates the looks of examples of a few sixty of the most typical (and a number of now not so universal) igneous rock forms; each one picture is observed by means of a short description of the sphere of view proven. approximately three hundred full-colour pictures are incorporated, and in lots of situations an analogous view is proven either in plane-polarized mild and lower than crossed polars. a quick account of the way skinny sections will be ready is incorporated as an appendix. it truly is believed that the beginner geologist utilizing those directions may be in a position to make his personal skinny sections and, because of a comparatively basic microscope, benefit from the learn of rocks in skinny part.
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