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Crystals
Growth, Morphology, & Perfection

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  • Date Published: July 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511111921

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  • How do crystals nucleate and grow? Why and how do crystals form such a wide variety of morphologies? These questions have been posed since the seventeenth century, and are still vitally important for modern technology and understanding the Earth's interior and formation of minerals by living organisms. Including a range of case studies of complex systems, from diamond, calcite and pyrite to crystals formed through biomineralization, this book establishes the atomic processes behind crystal growth.

    • Excellent introduction to the principles of crystal growth, accessible to graduate students
    • Discusses both inorganic and organic mineral formation
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    "I can recommend [the book] to any mineralogist who cn appreciate new ideas in the theoretical approach to crystal forms and in different methods and techniques for internal and external study of crystals. This up-to-date work has a place also in introductory courses in crystallography and mineralogy." The Canadian Mineralogist, R.I. Kostov, University of Mining and Geology, Bulgaria

    "In this reviewer's opinion, this is the comst comprehensive book currently available on crystal growth and morphology." --Gems and Gemology

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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511111921
    • contains: 180 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword to the English translation
    Preface
    Part I. Fundamental Concepts:
    1. Introduction
    2. Crystal forms
    3. Crystal growth
    4. Factors determining the morphology of polyhedral crystals
    5. Surface microtopography of crystal faces
    6. Perfection and homogeneity of single crystals
    7. Regular intergrowth of crystals
    8. Forms and textures of polycrystalline aggregates
    Part II. Application to Complicated and Complex Systems (Case Studies):
    9. Diamond
    10. Rock-crystal (quartz)
    11. Pyrite and calcite
    12. Minerals formed by vapour growth
    13. Crystals formed by metasomatism and metamorphism
    14. Crystals formed through biological activity
    Appendixes
    Materials index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Ichiro Sunagawa, Tohoku University, Japan

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