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Kevin Hefferan was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ to parents originating from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland. Kevin received his geologic training at New Jersey City State University, Bryn Mawr College and Duke University. Kevin is married to Sherri (Cramer) Hefferan and is the proud father of Kaeli, Patrick, Sierra, Keegan and Quin of Stevens Point, WI.
Married (Anita, 40 years) with two sons (Tyler, 30 and Owen, 26). Born (10 Dec., 1941) in Seattle, Washington, raised there and in Ohio and southern California. Parents were teachers, so summers were spent with family travelling throughout the west, imbuing me with a passion for the natural world. Discovered a passion for working with students as a teaching assistant at Miami University (Ohio) and combined the two passions in a career teaching geological sciences at New Jersey City University. A sedimentologist by training, I took over responsibility for mineralogy, petrology and structure courses when a colleague departed. The Earth Materials text is in part the result of that serendipitous occurrence.
Minerals and rocks form the foundation of geologic studies. Excellent textbooks currently exist in mineralogy, igneous petrology, sedimentary petrology and metamorphic petrology. It is not our intention to compete with these textbooks. However, many universities have compressed separate mineralogy and petrology courses into a one- or two-semester Earth Materials course. Presently, no textbook adequately addresses the needs of an Earth Materials course. We have developed a textbook that encompasses the study of minerals, rocks as well as soil and water. This Earth Materials textbook is geared towards a one- or two-semester Earth Materials course, a combined mineralogy and petrology course, and can also be used by environmental scientists, engineering geologists, planners and laypersons interested in learning about minerals, rocks, soil and water in a comprehensive framework. We have attempted to create a readable, well illustrated textbook that is comprehensible and that weaves different disciplines into one cohesive fabric.
Today, as earth science curricula are evolving rapidly, many programs throughout the US are adopting new approaches to the study of earth materials. At many universities earth science departments are increasingly finding a single geological materials course to be an attractive requirement in lieu of the standard mineralogy-petrology sequence. Adopting such a requirement allows more room in the student's program for courses that address topical subjects such as environmental geoscience, earth surface processes, etc.
* Only undergraduate text to cover all rocks and minerals in one volume
* Place earth materials in context of earth systems
* copiously illustrated
Table of Contents
1. Earth materials and the geosphere.
2. Atoms, elements, bonds and coordination polyhedra.
3 Atomic substitution, phase diagrams and isotopes.
5. Mineral properties and rock-forming minerals.
6. Optical identification of minerals.
7. Classification of igneous rocks.
8. Magma and intrusive structures.
9. Volcanic features and landforms.
10. Igneous rock associations.
11. The sedimentary cycle: erosion, transportation, deposition and sedimentary structures.
12. Weathering, sediment production and soils.
13. Detrital sediments and sedimentary rocks.
14. Biochemical sedimentary rocks.
16. Metamorphism: stress, deformation and structures.
17. Texture and classification of metamorphic rocks.
18. Metamorphic zones, facies and facies series.
19. Mineral resources and hazards.
List of elements.
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