Agates : Treasures of the Earth
The agate is one of the world's most strikingly beautiful semi-precious gems, and collectors worldwide are drawn to the stone's infinite variety of colorations and banding. This identification guide is comprehensive and easy-to-use. It is illustrated throughout with full-color photographs and includes a worldwide listing of where agates are found. Hard cover, 192 pgs.,
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Minerals, A Firefly Guide
A comprehensive illustrated guide to the forms, physical properties, classification, and study of minerals from around the world.
Striking in color and perfect in structure, minerals are carved by nature over millions of years and found everywhere on Earth. Each step of human progress can be measured by how they were used. This concise guide - compete with quick-reference symbols - describes minerals from all the major classes, including their chemical formulas, crystalline systems, physical habig, natural environment and etymological notes.
More than 400 photographs, tables, charts, glossary, bibliography and richly informative descriptins of 288 minerals.
Amber Book, The
This book explains how amber is formed, its geologic setting in the Baltics and elsewhere, practical advice on how to care for amber jewelry, how to use it for lapidary purposes, and how to detect fake amber. Hard cover, 144 pgs.,
World of Fluorescent Minerals
The rich and diverse world of fluorescent minerals presented in a comprehensive and colorful guide. This is a sweeping survey of many different fluorescent minerals found around the world and shown in daylight and under ultraviolet light. It is like taking a persoal tour through a museum. The breathtaking colors are so pure their glow is so seemingly unnatural, that they immediately capture your attention.
The field collecting these fantastic minerals is still relatively new and fresh finds are showing up regularly around the globe. The World of Fluorescent Minerals is written for the collector and the merely curious. This pictorial reference will startle the eyes with its fill color pages and 977 photos, while its informative text will greatly expand the reader's knowledge. It is an essential source for enjoying and identifying fluorescent minerals.
Veteran rockhound and author William A. Kappele provides detailed directions to each site, concise information about the materials and gem stones you may find there, what tools to bring, the best season to visit, what kind of vehicle you will need to get there, and a wealth of other information to tantalize beginners as well as the most ardent rockhounds. After over 30 years of scouring the American West for lapidary fodder, Kappele says many of the sites in this book are by far some of the best he's yet encountered. May your journey be fruitful and your collecting bag be heavy on the way home, and be sure that somewhere in that bag, among your rocks, you haven't forgotten your copy of Rockhounding Nevada.
Gem Trails of Utah
Welcome to rockhounding in Utah. In this best-selling guide, the gem hunter is led to landscapes as diverse as the gems, minerals, and fossils found there. B/W photos highlight the collecting area. A special color section aids in identifying
the specimens. Ideal for both the rockhound who is just starting out and for the collector who has been discovering Utah?s treasures for years. 168 pgs.
Author William A. Kappele shows you the grandeur of Utah's exposed formations, its canyon walls etched with fossils, and the spires and arches of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park. Each description includes concise information on the material to be found there, the tools to bring, the best season to visit, the vehicle to drive, or when a remote find suggests it's time to lace up the hiking boots. Readers will glean new insights into the obsidian of the Black Rock sites, jasper at Hell's Backbone, petrified wood at Bullfrog Turnoff, and fossils of sea lillies along the Wasatch Range. May your journeys be fruitful and your bag be heavy on the way home. Somewhere in that bag among your rocks, we hope you haven't forgotten your copy of Rockhounding Utah.
Minerals of the World
Minerals of the World is an attractive and up-to-date guide to more than 500 minerals from around the world. The succinct text--covering crystallography, properties, names and varieties, structure, diagnostic features, and occurrence--and the discussion of less common minerals not found in other guides make this an invaluable resource. With over 600 exquisite color photographs and crystallographic diagrams, this book is unequalled. It is set to become the field guide of choice for mineral collectors and students of mineralogy.
- The most up-to-date popular guide to minerals available
- Text covers crystallography, physical properties, chemical properties, names and varieties, diagnostic features, and occurrence
- More than 500 minerals treated with examples from around the world
- More than 600 superb color photographs and crystallographic diagrams
- Tabular overview of common minerals and their properties
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