Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology


  • S. K. Haldar, Emeritus Scientist, Department of Applied Geology and Environmental System Management, Presidency College, Kolkata, India, and Exploration Consultant, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Hindustan Copper Limited, and ESSO Standard Eastern Inc.

Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology presents the essentials of both disciplines through an approach accessible to industry professionals, academic researchers, and students.

Mineralogy and petrology stand as the backbone of the geosciences. Detailed knowledge of minerals and rocks and the process of formation and association are essential for practicing professionals and advanced students. This book is designed as an accessible, step-by-step guide to exploring, retaining, and implementing the core concepts of mineral and hydrocarbon exploration, mining, and extraction. Each topic is fully supported by working examples, diagrams and full-color images. The inclusion of petroleum, gas, metallic deposits and economic aspects enhance the book’s value as a practical reference for mineralogy and petrology.

Authored by two of the world’s premier experts, this book is a must for any young professional, researcher, or student looking for a thorough and inclusive guide to mineralogy and petrology in a single source.

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The book is primarily aimed at economic geologists, mineralogists, petrologists, professional researchers, and government and private institution professionals.

A secondary audience includes instructors and students taking coursework in Pure and Applied Geology, Geography, Mining, Petroleum Engineering, Soil Geochemistry and Mineralogy and Petrology.


Book information

  • Published: November 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-408133-8

Table of Contents

1. Rocks and Minerals 
2. Basic mineralogy 
3. Basic Petrology 
4. Igneous rocks 
5. Sedimentary rocks 
6. Metamorphic rocks 
7. Precipitation system 
8. Mineral deposit settings
9. Mineral resources and economic aspects
10. Hazards of mineral deposits and sustainable development