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Cambridge Guide To Minerals Rocks & Fossil 2ND Editionby A C Bishop
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
This detailed but accessible book is written for anybody with an interest in geology or paleontology. The compact design, filled with color photographs, is designed to be used in the field, for the identification of material found. Includes a short introduction on proper technique for collecting and housing specimens, with attention paid to safe practices. Where appropriate, technical information is given, including chemical composition, cleavage, hardness and likely location (the last is important for fossils).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-330) and index.
Table of Contents
Minerals. Native elements — Sulfides — Oxides and hydroxides — Halides — Carbonates — Nitrates and borates — Sulfates and chromates — Tungstates and molybdates — Phosphates, arsenates, and vanadates — Silicates — Rocks. Igneous rocks — Metamorphic rocks — Sedimentary rocks — Meteorites and tektites — Fossils. Sponges — Corals — Mollusks — Arthropods — Brachiopods — Bryozoans — Echinoderms — Graptolites — Vertebrates — Fossil land plants — Geological time scale.
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