from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of minerals, including their distribution, identification, and properties.
- n. A book or treatise on mineralogy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The branch of petrology that studies minerals.
- n. Its mineral materials.
- n. A treatise on mineralogy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science which treats of minerals, and teaches how to describe, distinguish, and classify them.
- n. A treatise or book on this science.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science which treats of the properties of mineral species (see mineral), which teaches how to characterize, distinguish, and classify them, and which investigates their occurrence in nature with reference to their mode of formation (paragenesis) and the alteration which they may have undergone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of geology that studies minerals: their structure and properties and the ways of distinguishing them
If the information at hand was The Secrets of the Reverende Maister Alexis, some book of chemical lectures, and a deeply felt interest in mineralogy, information and inspiration leading to discovery of a new color would be different from those of someone who combed articles from the contemporary popular press with encyclopedic works and undertook a close inspection of merchandise.
There is here a promising field, intermediate between geology (or mineralogy) and metallurgy, for the application of principles of chemistry, metallurgy, and mineralogy, which is occupied at the present time mainly by the ore salesman.
Thus I soon changed my major to cristallography, that field of mineralogy which is located between chemistry and physics.
Berzelius also applied his organizing abilities to mineralogy, where he classified minerals by their chemical composition rather than by their crystalline type, as had previously been done.
I'm continuing to investigate sites of interesting aqueous mineralogy on Mars in order to search for possible sites where life may have been possible.
We are looking at these Martian images in order to identify the mineralogy, and the mineralogy tells us about the geochemical environment on the planet.
I currently have several ongoing projects, which all primarily relate to mineralogy on Mars.
At Haleakala much of the altered volcanic rocks are a shade of brown but the ones near cinder cones or those with some interesting mineralogy can be orange, purple, pink, yellow or other colors because of their iron content.
The upshot of the Viking life-on-Mars debate has been that NASA has studiously avoided sending life-detection experiments to the planet ever since, choosing instead to concentrate on geology, mineralogy, weather, and the search for water present and past.
As shown by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the world's foremost contemporary Muslim philosophers, Muslim scientists have pursued scientific research since the 8th century C.E., covering a vast range of disciplines ranging from astronomy and mineralogy to zoology and the medical sciences.