An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals

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An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals
Author W A Deer, R A Howie, and J Zussman
Subject Mineralogy
Publisher Prentice Hall
Publication date

An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals, by William Alexander Deer, Robert Andrew Howie, and Jack Zussman, is a book often considered the "bible" of mineralogy. It covers hundreds of minerals, with details of their structure, chemistry, optical and physical properties, distinguishing features, and paragenesis. Entries range from one or two pages for obscure minerals, to dozens of pages for important ones like feldspars. The first edition was published in 1966, and a substantially expanded second edition in 1992 (Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-582-30094-0). It is intended as a reference book for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is a condensed version of a multi-volume work Rock-forming Minerals.

The book is colloquially known simply as 'DHZ', normally 'DHZ' is used for the whole 'Rock-forming Minerals' series.