March 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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"There is a pressing need for a single book that compresses the most significant aspects of material previously presented in multiple standard rigorous courses to meet the generally less demanding requirements of much of today's job market. Hefferan and O'Brien have accomplished this task with Earth Materials. This work should fill an important niche for lower- to intermediate- level earth and/or environmental science courses." (CHOICE, January 2011)
"In recent years an increasing number of geoscience departments have elected to combine their introductory mineralogy and petrology courses into a single, one-term "earth materials" course. As a result there has been a need for a textbook that integrates both topics, and this is the niche that Hefferan and O’Brien seek to fill with Earth Materials. Their book provides a clearly written and well-illustrated overview of mineralogy and petrology that is suitable for an undergraduate audience." (Jeffrey H. Tepper, American Mineralogist, Volume 97, 2012)