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Mineralogical Applications of Crystal Field Theory - Roger G. Burns

Cambridge University Press, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Ex-library with usual marks, numerals to the spine, pocket to the pastedown, slip to the ffep, stamp to the reverse of the title page. Stamp to the leading edge of the textblock, the edges of which are also tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

From the cover: “Crystal field theory is a model of chemical bonding, well known in chemistry, which has particular application to elements of the first transition series. These elements constitute a large proportion of the Earth’s crust and occur in most minerals. This is the first book to apply the theory to mineralogy and geochemistry. Introductory chapters give a non-mathematical outline of the crystal field model and theory of transition metal spectra. Dr Burns then reviews the measurement of absorption spectra of minerals and methods for obtaining cation distributions in silicate crystal structures. These include recently discovered techniques involving electronic, infrared and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The absorption spectral and site population data are then used to explain colour, pleochroism, crystal chemistry and thermodynamic properties of minerals containing transition elements, distributions of the elements in the Earth’s crust and properties of the mantle. Molecular orbital theory is introduced in the last chapter to explain aspects of the sulphide mineralogy of transition elements. The book is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students pursuing courses in geochemistry and mineralogy, but will also be of interest to all earth scientists, chemists and spectroscopists engaged in research on the transition elements. An extensive bibliography is included.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Cambridge Earth Science series. 224 pages.

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