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Book description

All Earth Science students need to understand the origins, environments, and basic processes that produce igneous and metamorphic rocks. This concise introductory textbook provides students with the essential knowledge needed to understand how petrology relates to other topics in the geologic sciences, and has been written specifically for one-semester courses. Throughout, the emphasis is on interpreting the mineralogy and petrology of rock suites in terms of origin and environment, with the first half of the book concentrating on igneous rocks, and the second half on metamorphic rocks. This Second Edition has been thoroughly revised and brought completely up-to-date. It now includes a new chapter on the application of stable and radiogenic isotopes in petrology, introducing students to the concept of isotopic fractionation and describing the process of radioactive decay. The discussions of phase diagrams, connections between igneous and metamorphic rock suites, and convergent margin magmatism have also been expanded. There is a new glossary of terms, updated end-of-chapter exercises, and updated further readings.


'The second edition of Essentials of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology takes a successful format and develops it further to produce a key, up-to-date undergraduate petrology textbook. Structuring petrological processes around tectonic environments and processes makes for a straightforward and intuitive text, and allows for conceptual linkages between igneous and metamorphic rocks and processes. The call-outs and question sets are appropriate and thought-provoking, and add broader context and understanding that can be developed in associated class activities.'

Graham D. M. Andrews - West Virginia University

'This is an excellent undergraduate textbook, covering the essence of igneous and metamorphic petrology. It incorporates recent scientific developments without ignoring the basics, shows the relevance of petrology for mineral exploration and geohazards, and provides links with other fields of geology. An extensive reference list provides guidance for further reading. Highly recommended!'

Marlina Elburg - University of Johannesburg

'Frost and Frost have produced a very popular igneous and metamorphic petrology textbook as it is truly written for the undergraduate geology major with perhaps just a 100-level introductory geology class and mineralogy as their background coursework. However, it is also rich in detail and thoroughly modern. In both the igneous and metamorphic sections, the authors first introduce the needed rock descriptive and theoretical backgrounds to pave the way for students to explore subsequent chapters. Igneous rocks are examined by their tectonic setting and metamorphic rocks by their protolith, which is exactly how I have taught the course for many years. Inserts in each chapter take students to other relevant areas of Earth science. The appendix includes a very useful review of mineralogy. I have used the first edition and look forward to using the second!'

James Lawford Anderson

Review of the First Edition:'… I can highly recommend this book as a well-organized presentation of the essentials of igneous and metamorphic petrology and their application in an up-to-date mix of modern geochemistry and plate tectonics.'

Source: American Mineralogist

Review of the First Edition:'… should be very successful in meeting the authors' stated objective of providing a concise text for a one-semester undergraduate course; it will also be a valuable resource for geologic professionals.'

M. E. McCallum Source: Choice

Praise for the First Edition:'An authoritative and contemporary petrology textbook ideal for today’s undergraduate student … that distills the essence of igneous and metamorphic petrology.'

Joshua Schwartz - California State University

Praise for the First Edition:'… a streamlined view of igneous and metamorphic petrology that is most appropriate for a one-semester undergraduate-level course.'

Jeffrey M. Byrnes - Oklahoma State University

Praise for the First Edition:'An introductory textbook that presents the basic principles of the subject matter in a simple and concise manner. Frost and Frost do a good job of linking igneous and metamorphic petrology to basic chemistry and major tectonic processes.'

Aley K. El-Shazly - Marshall University

Praise for the First Edition:'… succeeds in its stated objective: to convey the essential petrologic information that is needed by all geoscientists. … will provide students with a solid, clearly written, well-illustrated foundation for understanding igneous and metamorphic rocks. I look forward to using this text in my own undergraduate petrology class.'

Calvin G. Barnes - Texas Tech University

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