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Contrasting books on clay mineral science: how should they be judged? (Shortened title: two books on clay mineral science)

Clays (2005) and the Handbook of Clay Science (2006) are new textbooks. Clays, written by Alain Meunier, is for those studying earth sciences. The Handbook of Clay Science, edited by Faїza Bergaya, Benny Theng and Gerhard Lagaly, is concerned particularly with the industrial application of clay mineral science. Both books ar e timely and could fill important gaps in the library of mineral science.…