The Ore Minerals Under the Microscope

The Ore Minerals Under the Microscope, 2nd Edition

An Optical Guide

The Ore Minerals Under the Microscope, 2nd Edition,Bernhard Pracejus,ISBN9780444627254
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An essential reference for ore microscopy, this full-color atlas provides invaluable information on mineral groups, chemical compositions, major formation environments, optical data, comparisons of minerals with similar color or grey shade, and more

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Key Features

  • Concise, full-color pictorial reference for scientists and geologists
  • Explains how to describe and identify microscopic samples of minerals
  • Draws material from prominent literature yielding more than 400 different minerals


The Ore Minerals Under the Microscope: An Optical Guide, Second Edition, is a very detailed color atlas for ore/opaque minerals (ore microscopy), with a main emphasis on name and synonyms, short descriptions, mineral groups, chemical compositions, information on major formation environments, optical data, reflection color/shade comparison with four common/standard minerals of a similar color or grey shade, and up to five high-quality photos for each mineral with scale.

In addition, the atlas contains a compilation from some of the prominent publications in the field of ore microscopy presented on a list of 431 minerals.


earth scientists, environmental scientists, geologists

Bernhard Pracejus

Dr. Bernhard Pracejus currently works as Associate Professor at the Earth Science Department, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. He is specialised in Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Economic Geology and his research concentrates on topics such as the alteration of geologic bodies over time (particularly metal deposits), environmentally friendly remediation of heavy metal polluted effluents and solid wastes from mining activities and other industries, and processes at the Bio-Geo-Interface. He has published various articles in journals such as Ore Geology Reviews, Marine Geology, and Chemical Geology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geochemistry, Free University Berlin, Germany

The Ore Minerals Under the Microscope, 2nd Edition

Acknowledgements and Sample Sources.

Instrument Settings.


Mineral Description. Explanations and Abbreviations.

I Elements.

II. Sulfides and Sulphosalts.

III. Halogenides.

IV. Oxides.

V. Nitratesm Carbonates and Borates.

VI. Sulfates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates.

VII Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates.

VIII. Silicates. 




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