Handbook of Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones

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This handbook includes more than 600 stunning color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and gems from all over the world. Each specimen is described in detail: its origin and structure, chemical composition, hardness, color, and other properties.

This handbook includes more than 600 stunning color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and gems from all over the world. Each specimen is described in detail: its origin and structure, ...

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Overview


This handbook includes more than 600 stunning color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and gems from all over the world. Each specimen is described in detail: its origin and structure, chemical composition, hardness, color, and other properties.

This handbook includes more than 600 stunning color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and gems from all over the world. Each specimen is described in detail: its origin and structure, chemical composition, hardness, color, and other properties.

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A guide that is both accessible to hobbyists and useful to experts, translated from the German edition published in 1985. Some 600 stunning color photographs show specimens from all over the world. Each specimen is described in detail, including origin and structure, chemical composition, hardness, color, and other properties. The introduction discusses the basics of mineralogy and provides a list of general features used in the identification of rocks and minerals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395511374
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 322,395
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

General introduction 8
Minerals 10
The Science of Minerals 11
The history of the mineral sciences 11
The origins and structure of minerals 12
Properties of minerals 20
Classification of minerals 32
Rock-Forming Minerals 35
Minerals of igneous rocks 35
Minerals of sedimentary rocks 62
Minerals of metamorphic rocks 76
Ore-Forming Minerals 95
Ore deposits 96
Minerals of precious metal ores 100
Minerals of ferrous metal ores 104
Minerals of the non-ferrous metal ores 124
Ore minerals of copper 124
Minerals as Gemstones 157
Rocks 186
Introduction to Petrology 187
Igneous Rocks 190
Plutonic rocks 195
Volcanic rocks 228
Dyke rocks 256
Sedimentary Rocks 260
Clastic sedimentary rocks 264
Chemical-biogenic sedimentary rocks 280
Metamorphic Rocks 304
Meteorites 330
Stones from Outer Space 331
Appendix 336
Hints for collectors 336
Table of chemical elements 337
Selection of British Standard and ASTM regulations on natural stone 338
Geological column 339
Bibliography 340
Mineral determinative tables 342
Aids to the identification of rocks 366
Index 371
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