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Petrology: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Hardcover – November 11, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0716737438 ISBN-10: 0716737434 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 530 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 3rd edition (November 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716737434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716737438
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HARVEY BLATT Teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel ROBERT TRACY Teaches at Virginia Polytechnic & State University, USA

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. A. SMITH on June 5, 2005
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This is a very good introductory petrology text which combines igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology in one volume. With a publication date of 1996, it may be getting a little long in the tooth, however. For example, the book discusses the Wilson hot spot model without reference to mantle plumes. With the exception of some apparent confusion about the effect on seismic velocity of the asthenosphere, I found no significant errors nor editing problems. My only significant criticism is that all of the photographs are in black and white, and some are printed so darkly that details are hard to make out. One would think that, with a price approaching $100, the publisher would be able to include a bit of color in the appropriate places.

Note: This review is of the first edition; perhaps the problems with the figures have been addressed in the second edition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2009
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I was a student of Brent Owens in the Geology Dept. at William and Mary. He is an absolute first rate teacher and this text reflects aptitude for teaching. The desciptions are precise, the reading easy, and the subject material is up-to-date. I liked the text enough to keep it and not re-sell it to an incoming student.
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By Jeannechu828 on September 23, 2014
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good price
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By deiselgas on June 5, 2014
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I am an avid rockhound of many years and have kept educated on geology and rock forming processes for as long. I find Blatt's Petrology text difficult at best to read. I hardly understand a word written. I found the book useless and relied only on notes to get the B grade in petrology class. Since it is still in new condition, I will have no problem ridding my desk of it.
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By Hal Casey on February 19, 2014
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I bought this book for my daughter in college. It was a recommended reading for one of her geology courses. She tells me it is in good condition. There are no marks in the book and the binding is tight as described. I would buy from this seller again.
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By Raphael Dreier on February 14, 2014
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It gives clear definitions and great diagrams. It pretty much explains everything you need to know about igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ankan Basu on September 22, 2011
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This book took me back to my college days. This is probably one of the less complex book that you can find. Collect it if you can. The author gives you a lot of for for thoughts. I enjoyed the Igneous and metamorphic part far better than the sedimentary part.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jjon on February 28, 2010
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I have tried reading this book several times for my Petrology class, but everytime I crack it open, I can't seem to comprehend what I'm reading. It's a slightly difficult and boring read. Its also not in color which makes the pictures completely dull and useless. But if I need to look up vocabulary or terminology, this book is useful.
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