Bernard Kipsang Rop an Associate Professor of Geology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has published a new handbook titled: Fundamentals of Laboratory Practices in Mineralogy and Petrology.
Prof. Rop has co-authored the handbook with Dr. Juliah Wangari, current Chair of Department of Mining, Materials and Petroleum Engineering at JKUAT and Geol. Wycliffe Habel Namwiba, an experienced Engineering Geologist Consultant in Nairobi, Kenya.
At a succinct 216 pages, the publication is a package for concepts and essential practical skills that will enable students provide a detailed follow-up after geological field mapping excursions.
The handbook also gives deep insights into identification and description of minerals and rocks starting with considerations of field scenarios followed by hand specimens under laboratory conditions after field excursions.
Illustrations for the field occurrences have also been given for the students to visualize field realities that also exist elsewhere. Detailed properties for selected minerals have been provided for comparison to act as a yardstick for the reader to ascertain correctness of the descriptions done and subsequently serve as a confidence builder.
As per summary of the publication, the handbook is an invaluable material for students pursuing Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor of Science degree and Artisanal and Small-Scale miners. The handbook also serves for course units that require knowledge on physical properties in mineralogy and petrology.
The new publication is a significant step in Prof. Rop’s authoring career who has been on a publishing spree, having authored many books and research papers; most recently another geology book titled: Workshop and Laboratory Practices: A Competency and Evaluation based Guide.
In his reaction, Prof. Rop who is also the former Commissioner of Mines and Geology as well as former Chairman, Mining, Materials and Petroleum Engineering Department said, “the handbook is meant to be used by East African Community Member States in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s new programmes in the Artisan and Small-Scale Mining curricula.”
He added that knowledge acquired by the reader will form a concrete foundation for furthering of academics that require pre-requisite knowledge in Applied Geology.