© 1994

Feldspars and their Reactions

  • Ian Parsons

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 421)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. W. Johannes, J. Koepke, H. Behrens
    Pages 161-194
  3. H. Nekvasil
    Pages 195-219
  4. R. J. Angel
    Pages 271-312
  5. Colin M. Graham, Stephen C. Elphick
    Pages 383-413
  6. K. A. Foland
    Pages 415-447
  7. William L. Brown, Ian Parsons
    Pages 449-499
  8. Joseph V. Smith
    Pages 541-593
  9. Alex E. Blum
    Pages 595-630
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 631-650

About this book


Feldspar minerals make up 60% of the crust of the Earth. They are stable in the upper mantle, and are so abundant in the crust that they form the basis of the classification of igneous rocks. At the surface, feldspars weather to form clay minerals which are the most important mineral constituent of soils. The articles in this book review the chemical reactions of feldspars over the whole sweep of pressure and temperature regimes in the outer Earth, and describe the fundamental aspects of crystal structure which underlie their properties. The book covers intracrystalline reactions, such as order-disorder transformations and exsolution, and transfer of stable and radiogenic isotopes, which can be interpreted to provide insights into the thermal history of rocks. It is suitable for final year undergraduates or research workers.


chemical analysis chemistry classification crystal crystal structure electron microscopy environment formation igneous rock mass spectrometry mineral oxygen solid solution thermodynamics water

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Parsons
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeophysicsThe University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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