The colors, shapes and properties of minerals vary from the bland to the magnificent. Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils is a practical and authoritative handbook that is both comprehensive and easy to use.
Each of the 600 specimens is shown in full color, sometimes in two or more forms. There are also drawings that show the structure of the crystalline specimens. It covers the basics like granite, as well as oddities like meteorites and tektites.
Fossils include sponges, corals, arthropods, brachiopods, and fossil land plants.
Each is described in detail, with notes on: - color and transparency - grain size - hardness - structure - occurrence - mineralogy - distinguishing features - habit - cleavage - texture - alteration - luster
Mineral names, chemical formulae and structural data accord to international standards. This is a very complete, but attractive and useful volume in a respected series.
Amateur Geologist note: This book originally was published by Cambridge under the title of Cambridge Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils with this description: Whether hiking along a mountain trail, setting up camp in the field, or working in a garden, this is the definitive resource for anyone interested in identifying the rocks, minerals, or fossils they come across. Easily portable and with nearly 250 illustrations, with 145 in full-color, Cambridge Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils is an indispensable handbook for amateur collectors and specialists alike. For each mineral, the authors explain and list the physical and optical properties, from crystal systems, hardness and fracture to color, transparency, and luster. They also discuss the occurrence of each mineral, as well as handy tips on their distinguishing features. For each type of rock, the Guide lists the color, color index, grain size, texture, structure, mineralogy, and field relations. In addition, for each fossil, the authors provide their corresponding type, age, and geographical distributions, along with detailed descriptions of their sizes and shapes. The clear, informative illustrations help elucidate technical concepts that often befuddle amateur collectors.
In this book two renowned experts share their lifelong passion for geodes and their extensive knowledge of world-class geode deposits as they present the latest theories on the formation and occurrence of these amazing mineral gifts of nature.
The most comprehensive book ever written on geodes of the Americas - a definitive reference for serious collectors and a delightful mineral exploration for both experts and novices.
From glittering gemstones to fascinating minerals and fossils, Rock and Gem is an incredible celebration of the Earth's buried treasures. Including specially commissioned photographs of more than 450 illustrious specimens and information-rich text, this book illustrates each stone's unique characteristics and its relationship to humankind through the ages.
A remarkable study of the Earth's rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils, this stunning volume reveals the breath and wonder of these outstanding natural phenomena and the fascinating ways they have been prized and used.
Striking visual profiles present the entire range of rocks and minerals, with key information for accurate identification, and practical advice on how to cut, polish, and display objects, as well as an intriguing look at the many ways they have been used, from basic building blocks to fine decoration.(Softcover | | 360 pages | ISBN 9780756633424 | 2005,2008)
The Deluxe Moh's Hardness Pick Set now comes in two case types. The wooden case is small enough to carry and the top screws into the base to make a perfect desk stand. The plastic case is longer but the thinner size makes it easier to carry in your field tool set.Hardness is an important and quantifiable physical characteristic of a mineral and in your effort to identify an unknown mineral, the hardness, if known, combined with other properties, can narrow your search to just a handful of possibilities. Simply scratch a smooth surface of your unknown mineral with the picks of various indicated hardness. As an example, if a No. 5 pick scratches the mineral, but a No. 4 pick does not, then your mineral hardness is 4.5. Then compare this against a table of minerals listing hardness values to aid in identifying the unknown mineral.
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