Dictionary of Geology

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The following glossary of terms was taken from “Health Effects of Mineral Dusts,” Reviews in Mineralogy, vol. 28, edited by George Guthrie and Brooke Mossman. It was slightly modified by Mickey Gunter for use in the NAGT workshop on Geology and Human Health, Spring 2004, and reproduced here with permission of the Mineralogical Society of America

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The following glossary of terms was taken from Health Effects of Mineral Dusts, Reviews in Mineralogy, vol. 28, edited by George Guthrie and Brooke Mossman. It was slightly modified by Mickey Gunter for use in the NAGT workshop on Geology and Human Health, Spring 2004, and reproduced here with permission of the Mineralogical Society of America. Thanks to Paul Ribbe for providing the text file.The following glossary contains several biological and geological terms that may be unfamiliar to some readers. A more thorough listing of terms can be found in a general scientific dictionary, such as Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (1989, 4th edition, S.P. Parker, Editor, McGraw Hill, New York, 2138 pp.), or in dictionaries specific to each of the disciplines (e.g., Glossary of Geology, 1980, 2nd edition, R.L. Bates and J.A. Jackson, Editors, American Geological Institute, Falls Church, Virginia, 751 pp.; Stedmans Medical Dictionary, 1990, 25th edition, W.R. Hensyl, Editor, Williams and Wilkns, Baltimore, Maryland, 1784 pp.). Many of the definitions below are modified from these sources. Accepted mineral species names and formulae can be found in the Mineral Reference Manual (1991, E.H. Nickel and M.C. Nichols, van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 250 pp.), and we have generally followed their usage. However, in some cases, errors in the Mineral Reference Manual have been corrected here. The editors assume ultimate responsibility for the correctness of the

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