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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, from polyhedral to dendritic and spherulitic forms? These are questions that have been posed since the seventeenth century, and are still of vital importance today both for modern technology, and to understand the Earth's interior and the formation of minerals by living organisms. In this book, Ichiro Sunagawa sets out clearly the atomic processes behind crystal growth, and describes case studies of complex systems from diamond, calcite and pyrite, to crystals formed through biomineralization, such as the aragonite of shells, and apatite of teeth. Essential reading for advanced graduates and researchers in mineralogy and materials science.

    • Excellent introduction to the principles of crystal growth, accessible to graduate students
    • Discusses both inorganic and organic mineral formation
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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.

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    Ichiro Sunagawa, Tohoku University, Japan

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