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.
"...a remarkable and 'user friendly' effort and a powerful reference tool for the serious amateur or beginning student." California Geology"Numerous excellent line drawings augment the photots of minerals, rocks, and fossils, and many illustrate pertinent geological conditions that add welcome meaning to the descriptions. This attractive, compact, and practical guidebook rings with authority and usefulness for amateur and professional field explorers and collectors the world over." Choice"Although not listed as a field guide, this handy book can be both a field guide and desktop reference. Small enough to be carried in a backpack, this edition of an old standard is great for beginners and serious collectors alike...unusually well organized." NSTA Review"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 identifiacation of material found." Book News, Inc.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-330) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. Minerals: 1. Introduction; 2. Native elements; 3. Sulfides; 4. Oxides and hydroxides; 5. Halides; 6. Carbonates; 7. Nitrates and borates; 8. Sulfates and chromates; 9. Tungstates and molybdates; 10. Phosphates, arsenates, and vanadates; 11. Silicates; Part II. Rocks: 12. Introduction; 13. Igneous rocks; 14. Metamorphic rocks; 15. Sedimentary rocks; 16. Meterorites and tektites; Part III. Fossils: 17. Introduction; 18. Sponges; 19. Corals; 20. Mollusks; 21. Arthopods; 22. Brachiopods; 23. Bryozoans; 24. Echinoderms; 25. Graptolites; 26. Vertebrates; 27. Fossil land plants; 28. Geological time scale; Further reading; Index.