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Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321592576
ISBN-10: 0321592573
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With enough background to be rigorous, yet not exhaustive, this book offers good preparation in the techniques of modern petrology; a clear and organized review of the classification, textures, and approach to petrologic study; and applies these concepts to the real occurrences of the rocks themselves. The goal throughout is for readers to be able to apply the techniques—and enjoy the insights of the results—rather than tinker with theory and develop everything from first principles. A survey of actual occurrences of igneous and metamorphic rocks, and processes that produce them, is provided. This section is often greatly condensed in most other books, but it is the most interesting and dynamic aspect of petrology.


Some Fundamental Concepts ; Classification and Nomenclature of Igneous Rocks; Textures of Igneous Rocks; Igneous Structures and Field Relationships; An Introduction to Thermodynamics; The Phase Rule and One- and Two-Component Systems; Systems with More than Two Components; Chemical Petrology I: Major and Minor Elements; Chemical Petrology II: Trace Elements and Isotopes; Generation of Basaltic Magmas; Magma Diversity; Layered Mafic Intrusions; Mid-Ocean Ridge Volcanism; Oceanic Intraplate Volcanism; Continental Flood Basalts; Subduction-Related Igneous Activity Part I: Island Arcs; Subduction-Related Igneous Activity Part II: Continental Arcs; Granitoid Rocks; Continental Alkaline Magmatism; Anorthosites; An Introduction to Metamorphism; A Classification of Metamorphic Rocks; Structures and Textures of Metamorphic Rocks; Stable Mineral Assemblages in Metamorphic Rocks; Metamorphic Facies and Metamorphosed Mafic Rocks; Metamorphic Reactions; Thermodynamics of Metamorphic Reactions; Metamorphism of Pelitic Sediments; Metamorphism of Calcareous and Ultramafic Rocks; Metamorphic Fluids, Mass Transport and Metasomatism; Units and Constants; Abbreviations and Acronyms; The CIPW Norm.

A useful reference for anyone who wants to learn more about petrology.

About the Author

John D. Winter did his undergraduate work in geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle. Now Professor of Geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, his principal fields of interest are in metamorphic petrology, mineralogy and crystallography, and geochemistry. He has spent several summers in Greenland, a summer in Labrador, and another in Norway, where he studied processes that take place during the formation and subsequent development of the ancient deep continental crust. He is also working on contact metamorphism in the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon. Briefly, he also worked as an exploration geologist in New Guinea.
 
Professor Winter teaches Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Introductory Geology, Environmental Geology, and Geochemistry. Outside the classroom, his interests include travel, mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, and telemark skiing.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (February 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321592573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321592576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Muscovite on March 20, 2009
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My first class in petrology. This text covers some really basic stuff right at the start and gets indepth later. So far it is readable and most of all understandable. It seems that many new text today are written like the student already has a great deal of knowledge on the topic, and overwhelms the reader with unfamiliar vocabulary and theory. Of course a student is expected to know something when he gets to a course like this but review and reinforcement are a plus. This text, so far, does just that. One thing I would like to see in it are some color pictures.
I would recommend that anyone taking a class like this for the first time also purchase a good Geological Dictionary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terik Daly on August 13, 2010
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I used this text for an undergraduate petrology class, and I found the text to be well-written, clear (though not always concise), and accessible. The author explains a variety of topics in great detail, providing the student with a strong foundation for understanding both the science and subject of petrology. The only drawback to this text is that the author occasionally goes into too much detail, which, at times, may make it difficult to keep track of the "big ideas". However, the "First Principles" and chapter summary at the end of each chapter more than make up for this occasional tendency. Yes, the text lacks color pictures, but so do most advanced geology texts. The quality of the pictures and line drawings in this book is exceptional. A book well worth your time and money, whether you are a student buying it for a class, a researcher in the field, or an interested enthusiast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geology Reader on August 11, 2010
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Full of information; a continuing reference for the Geology student involved in igneous petrology or metamorphism.
An easy read with fantastic references as further readings or for the curious student. Who needs color pictures - that's what your imagination is for if you really want to learn the information. This book provides more than enough explanation and clarity to work through without confusion -- especially when references are pursued. All that being said, try to avoid playing the publisher's print & republish game by getting it used. Well worth owning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe G on October 1, 2010
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I was required to get this book for a class. That being said, it has so far proved to be a pretty decent book, and not overly difficult to read. The one thing I would caution against is that I've already discovered a few mistakes in the text. However, at the end of each chapter the author provides his own personal website with more info and power points, where the mistakes I've found have been corrected.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a_fowl on February 8, 2011
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I checked universities in 3 countries, USA, Canada, and New Zealand. This is the key undergraduate textbook in all 3 places (UC Davis, UBC, and Otago). It is an essential text book for any geologist to have in their reference library. It is readable and has simple explanations of major topics. It addresses many recent ideas in the fields of igneous and metamorphic petrology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Martz on March 17, 2012
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I have several advanced books on this subject, and I have to congratulate the author for thoroughly covering the subject, avoiding biases or digressions, and providing clear explanations. In general the few recent books on this subject ARE well written, but tend to have minor flaws of this nature, spending too much time on the intricacies of texture while shorting the chemistry (or vice versa), skipping a category of rock the author is not familiar with, and so on. It is clear the author worked hard to avoid this, as is evident by embedded editorial comments (for example a reference to a plethora of rock names to be skipped in order to summarize important points). The best books on igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary petrology (or any text book for that matter) provide cogent explanations, BUT also include summary tables or diagrams that the author spent a lot of time producing, summaries that span rock types, environments, or mineralogies. This book includes several such, and I find myself pulling it off the shelf when I need to look up something. This contrasts, for example, with the volumes of the Rock Forming Minerals which are meticulously detailed, thorough, and focused, but utterly 'narrow-beam' and lacking in summary, spanning, or associational content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.G.M. on April 2, 2013
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I've continued to refer back to this text when I encounter new geological provinces. I think it's a fabulous text, supported by an extensive online bibliography/references and with slide sets for each chapter. I take it with me when I travel.
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This is a very dense book and shouldn't be taken lightly. Winter is highly knowledgeable in this subject and although a lot of it is quite complicated, it is a very useful source. My course used about half of the book and I liked it although it was thick. Would recommend.
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