A systematic classification of nonsilicate minerals. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 172, article 1

"Palache, Berman, and Frondel published two volumes of the seventh edition of James Dwight Dana's System of Mineralogy in 1944 and 1951. As with the sixth edition published in 1892, the seventh edition soon became the recognized authority in mineralogy. Greatly improved analytical techniques, crystal structure analysis, and other new technologies have led to a great increase in the number of new species and to the improvement of the data for older species. Over 400 new nonsilicate species have been approved by the International Mineralogical Association's Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names in the last eight years. For comparison, the seventh edition of Dana's System assigned classification numbers to 1043 accepted species, and briefly described another 227 poorly defined species. Of this total 69 have been discredited and 158 have been redefined. There have been over 1200 new nonsilicate species described in the last 30 years, and the growth continues. Obviously, with the number of nonsilicate species more than doubled since 1951, an updated classification is required. The preparation of this volume began in 1977, when a revised classification of the known phosphate, arsenate and vanadate minerals was prepared and privately circulated. This wa received favorably, so a revised classification of all nonsilicate minerals was undertaken; the results are given here"--P. v.
vii, 237 p. : 1 ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-237) and index.