Crystal Growth - Fast and Slow
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This teaching activity was originally published in: Brady, J., Mogk, D. W., and Perkins, D., (editors), 1997, "Teaching Mineralogy," a workbook published by the Mineralogical Society of America, 406 pp. All teaching activities in this volume received two external peer reviews from mineralogy faculty focused on content and pedagogy, and a final review by the co-editors to comply with the publication standards of the Mineralogical Society of America.
This page first made public: May 9, 2008
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Arend, H. and Hulliger, J., Eds. (1989) Crystal Growth in Science and Technology. Plenum Press, New York. (A collection of articles drawn from a NATO symposium. The treatment is highly quantitative, and the readability is variable.)
Bentley, W.A. and Humphreys, W.J. (1931) Snow Crystals. Dover, New York. (Dover has reproduced the original manuscript with 2,453 photographs of snow crystals for only $15.)
Holden, A. and Morrison, P. (1989) Crystals and Crystal Growing. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
(Simple discussions of crystallography aimed at the informed lay reader with lots of recipes for crystal growth.)
Klein, C. and Hurlbut, C.S. Jr (1993) Manual of Mineralogy, 21st edition. John Wiley and Sons, New York. (Chapter 2 contains an in-depth and well-illustrated discussion of crystal forms and their relation to the crystal classes.)
Langer, J.S. (1989) Dendrites, viscous fingers, and the theory of pattern formation. Science, 1150-1156. (An advanced review of mathematical models of dendrite formation.)
Smelik, E.A. and King, H.E., Jr. (1997) Crystal-growth studies of natural gas clathrate hydrates using a pressurized optical cell. American Mineralogist, 82, 88-98. (A recent article that describes the equilibrium growth forms for clathrate hydrates and the design for a cooling stage on a petrographic microscope.)
Zoltai, T. and Stout, J.H. (1984) Mineralogy: Principles and Concepts. Burgess Publishing Co., Minneapolis. (Chapter 7 contains the nicest discussion of crystal growth processes among the general mineralogy texts.)
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