The Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy series
The Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy series
Designed to take full advantage of digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. Using color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams, and review questions, this series makes a challenging subject approachable.

Available as individual chapters on iBooks for the iPad and Macintosh.

See a complete list of chapters with brief descriptions.

Mineral Database app:

Our companion Mineral Database app is available for iPad, Macintosh and Android.

Print edition of the textbook:

For the printed version of the textbook, Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy go to the Mineralogical Society of America at

Written by Melinda Darby Dyar and Mickey E. Gunter, and illustrated by Dennis Tasa, this new digital series is published by Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc., in association with the Mineralogical Society of America.


Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy is a college-level textbook designed for courses in rocks and minerals, mineralogy, and optical mineralogy. It covers crystallography, crystal chemistry, systematic mineralogy, and optical mineralogy. The textbook is organized to facilitate spiral learning, with introductory through advanced chapters on each of these four topics. A chapter on hand sample identification is also included.

How this textbook is different:

This series of chapters differs in several ways from a traditional mineralogy textbook:

  1. it promotes learning in a digital environment;
  2. the authors use modern pedagogy;
  3. each chapter in the series is available separately allowing the instructor to pick and choose only those chapters needed for their specific course;
  4. it is written so that the more advanced chapters build on information learned in earlier chapters.

Features Include:

  • photos, animations, and illustrations by Dennis Tasa
  • extensive use of 3D models to illustrate complex concepts
  • polarizing light microscope photos and videos
  • interactive activities and review quizzes
  • “Made for iBooks” technology used throughout
  • each chapter may be purchased separately
  • a sample is available on iBooks for each chapter

Grade Level

  • college
System Requirements

iBooks 2 or later on iPad, iOS 5 or later; on iPhone, iOS 8.4 or later; on Mac, OS X 10.9 or later