1.   Berry, L.G.; Mason, B.; and Dietrich, R.V. 1983. Mineralogy--Concepts, Descriptions, Determinations. 2nd edition. San Francisco: Freeman.

2.   Blackburn, W.H. and Dennen, W.H. 1994. Principles of Mineralogy. 2nd edition. Dubuque: Wm. C. Brown Publishers.

3.   Deer, W. A.; Howie, R.A.; and Zussman, J. 1992. An Introduction to the Rock- Forming Minerals. 2nd edition. New York: Wiley. [Standard in the field, used by mineralogists and petrologists who investigate rocks in thin section.]

4.   Ford, W.E., 1949.  A Textbook of Mineralogy with an Extended Treatise on Crystallography and Mineralogy by Edward Salisbury Dana:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 851 p. 

5.   Hurlbut, C.S., and W. Edwin Sharp, 1998.  Dana’s Minerals and How to Study Them, 4th edition:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 328 p.

6.   Klein, C., and Hurlbut, C. S., 1993.  Manual of Mineralogy (after J.D. Dana) 21st edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 681 p.

7.   Klein, Cornelis, 2001, Manual of Mineral Science, 22nd Edition (Manual of Mineralogy), John Wiley 656pp.

8.   Keith, Frye, 1974. Modern Mineralogy. Prentice-Hall Inc. London

9.   Nesse, William. D. 1999. Introduction to Mineralogy.  Oxford University Press, USA,  464pp.

   10..  Perkins, D. 1998. Mineralogy. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. [Good, well illustrated book. Approaches mineralogy differently than Klein, i.e.,  from viewpoint of rocks                and rock-forming processes.   


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