Moon Minerals is a comprehensive but easy to follow visual guide of minerals that have been reported in lunar samples. For those who may like to delve a bit deeper to develop an understanding of the scientific context for many of these minerals they will find the associated text particularly helpful. Indeed, one of the aims of making this book freely available to the worldwide community is to support the research of current and future generations of planetary mineralogists. The work by Professor Mahesh Anand and Dr Andy Tindle heavily draws upon the rich literature of published work to contextualise Virtual Microscope images of Moon minerals.
The book has two substantive chapters - Chapter 2 “Major Minerals” and Chapter 3 “Accessory Minerals”. They both have the same format although Chapter 3 has significantly fewer interactive virtual microscopes. This is because most accessory minerals form very small crystals and these cannot be clearly resolved with a conventional microscope. Instead, images collected with a scanning electron microscope or other imaging instrument are presented.
Virtual microscopes are interactive and allow the user to examine samples as if they were sat in front of a geological microscope. A collection of over 500 virtual microscopes of lunar samples plus many other extraterrestrial samples are on our website - https://www.virtualmicroscope.org. For those who may have little experience of geological microscopy we also have an interactive book on the Apple Bookstore titled Minerals Under the Microscope.