Photo Atlas of Mineral Pseudomorphism

Photo Atlas of Mineral Pseudomorphism

1st Edition - August 2, 2017

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  • Authors: J. Theo Kloprogge, Rob Lavinsky, Stretch Young
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128036747
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128037034

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Photo Atlas of Mineral Pseudomorphism provides a comprehensive overview on the topic of pseudomorphism—in which one mineral is replaced by another but still maintains its original crystal form—a phenomenon that is far more common than currently thought and is extremely important in understanding the geologic history of rocks. There are many examples of pseudomorphs, but they have never been brought together in a single reference book that features high-resolution, full-color pseudomorph formations together with the original minerals that they have replaced. This book is the essential reference book for mineralogists, geologists or anyone who encounters mineral pseudomorphism in their work.

Key Features

  • Presents the only reference book on mineral pseudomorph formations
  • Contains 500 high-resolution full color photos, along with a theoretical explanation of the geological processes that resulted in the pseudomorph formation
  • Authored by J. Theo Kloprogge, who has more than 25 years of experience as a mineralogist


Geologists, geoscientists, mineralogists, crystallographers, material scientists, chemists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Native Elements
    3. Sulfides and Sulfosalts
    4. Oxides and Hydroxides
    5. Halides
    6. Carbonates
    7. Borates
    8. Sulphates
    9. Phosphates, Arsenates, and Vanadates
    10. Antimonates
    11. Molybdates and Tungstates
    12. Nesosilicates
    13. Cyclosilicates
    14. Inosilicates
    15. Phyllosilicates
    16. Tectosilicates
    17. Fossils

Product details

  • No. of pages: 290
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: August 2, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128036747
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128037034

About the Authors

J. Theo Kloprogge

J. Theo Kloprogge MSc Geology, PhD Geology/Chemistry, is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas, Philippines. He has been teaching analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and mineralogy/crystallography for many years. During the past 30+ years Dr. Kloprogge has been working as a mineralogist and spectroscopist. The results of his research have been published in nearly 300 papers, numerous book chapters, 5 books and 1 patent. He has been collecting minerals for more than 40 years and has built an extensive collection both for research and private use.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia and Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Philippines

Rob Lavinsky

Robert Lavinsky, PhD Biochemistry (UCSD), was a crystal collector from the age of 12. He first started participating in mineral shows at the age of 14. He initially planned a career in molecular genetics but his passion for minerals led to a career change, founding in 1996. Since then, he has been a full-time mineral dealer and educator (particularly in China and online) and recently had the new mineral, Lavinskyite, named after him.

Affiliations and Expertise

Proprietor of the Arkenstone, TX, USA

Stretch Young

Based in Austin, Texas, Stretch works in the semiconductor industry as a mask design manager, previously in the oil and gas industry as a mud logger. He’s also a member of the Mineral Association of Dallas (MAD) and the Austin Gem and Mineral Society (AGMS) where he has held seats on the Board of Directors, Dealer Chairman, Scholarship Chairman, and was chosen as 2013’s Rockhound of the Year. Stretch has won several awards exhibiting Pseudomorphs including the national trophy for the American Federation of Mineral Societies, the Friends of Mineralogy award for best educational display and the Desautels award from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society for best case at the main show in Tucson in 2009. Many of his Pseudomorphs have been published in prominent mineral magazines and books including an article on Pseudomorphs in Extra Lapis #43.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mineral Association of Dallas, Austin Gem and Mineral Society, TX, USA

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  • Angela R. Tue May 15 2018

    Photo atlas of mineral pseudomorphism

    The content of the book is great, but the layout is a bit disappointing. For the size of the page, a single column makes long stretches of text difficult to read. For a photo atlas I would have also been happy to pay more for a ‘glossier’ paper.