A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals

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The definitive guide to rocks and minerals, completely updated for the fifth edition, includes 385 color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and geologic formations. Hundreds of minerals are described, with details such as geographic formations. Hundreds of minerals are described, with details such as geographic distribution, physical properties, chemical composition, and crystalline structures.

Written and designed for the beginner, this book describes and ...

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Overview

The definitive guide to rocks and minerals, completely updated for the fifth edition, includes 385 color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and geologic formations. Hundreds of minerals are described, with details such as geographic formations. Hundreds of minerals are described, with details such as geographic distribution, physical properties, chemical composition, and crystalline structures.

Written and designed for the beginner, this book describes and illustrates the most common and interesting rocks and minerals, from simple sandstone to exotic gems. Illustrated with dozens of beautiful color photographs, it tells how these rocks and minerals formed and how to identify them--and includes tips on collecting. 175 color photographs, 12 line drawings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395910962
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 252,506
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    easy to read

    I really loved this book. I found that it was perfect for a beginner, and also for someone with basic knowledge of rocks and minerals. What I liked the most, was the organization this book displayed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    Good guide for adults, not for kids

    i love the Peterson guides, so I ordered this for my 7-year old rock hound, but it's not a book for kids. All the illustrations are in the middle, not on the pages where the specimens are described. Should have known better. Will keep it for later.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    Lots of Information

    This book is among the best I've read on the subject of rocks and minerals. It has plenty of information and a section of pictures. It includes proper names for minerals and lots of different info. Great for any Rock and Mineral Collector of all Ages!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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