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Petrology: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic [Hardcover]

Harvey Blatt , Robert Tracy , Brent Owens
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November 11, 2005 0716737434 978-0716737438 3rd
Now in a thoroughly updated new edition (the first since 1995), Petrology remains the most student-friendly undergraduate level text covering all three major rock groups. As always, the new edition organizes a vast body of literature from its wide-ranging subject, presenting what is essential to geology majors in a way that is accessible and at an appropriate level.  The new edition welcomes Brent Owens as the new lead author for the chapters on igneous rocks, complementing Harvey Blatt’s role for the sedimentary chapters, and Robert Tracy’s for the metamorphic chapters.
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HARVEY BLATT Teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel ROBERT TRACY Teaches at Virginia Polytechnic & State University, USA

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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Text 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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5.0 out of 5 stars M. Gibbons April 4, 2009
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor June 5, 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Overview 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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3.0 out of 5 stars An average read 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good arrival December 31, 2012
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I had fulfillment by amazon on another purchase of this book and was able to purchase this one, the book is a very boring read I have to say, it explains vocabulary pages after it is introduced. This is a good book for a high level geologist though I don' t recommend it for introduction to Petrology. The book was in great condition.
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