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"Minerals of the World is an extremely handsome and valuable addition to the library of anyone who appreciates mineralogy and mineral specimens. Covering the fundamental aspects of mineralogy, and treating more than 500 minerals with concise authoritative text, it is a superbly illustrated book with fine photography of attractive yet representative specimens."--George E. Harlow, Curator of Minerals and Gems, American Museum of Natural History

"This is a very appealing handbook and textbook for minerals. It is clearly and competently written. This book cannot go out-of-date. The facts of mineral structures are timeless."--Lincoln S. Hollister, Princeton University

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Editorial Reviews

Rock & Gem - Bob Jones
The advantage of this reference lies in the excellent treatment of crystal systems and internal structure of minerals. It's up to date, so it could replace the older, similar references on your shelf.
American Mineralogist - Anthony Kampf
This excellent up-to-date publication rates as one of the best mineral guidebooks around. The text is accurate and authoritative, the illustrations are well chosen and of high quality and the production quality is superb. While it is probably most appropriate for the intermediate to advanced collector, this book will delight the beginner and prove a good reference for students and, indeed, anyone interested in hand-specimen mineralogy.
The Mineralogical Record - Anthony R. Kampf
This is one of the best mineral guidebooks that I have seen. The written content is accurate and authoritative. The illustrations are well-chosen and of excellent quality. The overall production quality is superb. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in minerals.
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"The advantage of this reference lies in the excellent treatment of crystal systems and internal structure of minerals. It's up to date, so it could replace the older, similar references on your shelf."--Bob Jones, Rock & Gem

"This excellent up-to-date publication rates as one of the best mineral guidebooks around. The text is accurate and authoritative, the illustrations are well chosen and of high quality and the production quality is superb. While it is probably most appropriate for the intermediate to advanced collector, this book will delight the beginner and prove a good reference for students and, indeed, anyone interested in hand-specimen mineralogy."--Anthony Kampf, American Mineralogist

"This is one of the best mineral guidebooks that I have seen. The written content is accurate and authoritative. The illustrations are well-chosen and of excellent quality. The overall production quality is superb. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in minerals."--Anthony R. Kampf, The Mineralogical Record

Rock & Gem
The advantage of this reference lies in the excellent treatment of crystal systems and internal structure of minerals. It's up to date, so it could replace the older, similar references on your shelf.
— Bob Jones
American Mineralogist
This excellent up-to-date publication rates as one of the best mineral guidebooks around. The text is accurate and authoritative, the illustrations are well chosen and of high quality and the production quality is superb. While it is probably most appropriate for the intermediate to advanced collector, this book will delight the beginner and prove a good reference for students and, indeed, anyone interested in hand-specimen mineralogy.
— Anthony Kampf
The Mineralogical Record
This is one of the best mineral guidebooks that I have seen. The written content is accurate and authoritative. The illustrations are well-chosen and of excellent quality. The overall production quality is superb. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in minerals.
— Anthony R. Kampf
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691095370
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2002
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 802,738
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents


PART I: MINERALOGY AND CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
What is a mineral? 11
Mineral names 15
Crystallography 18
Crystal geometry 19
The cubic system 26
The tetragonal system 31
The hexagonal system 34
The trigonal system 37
The orthorhombic system 41
The monoclinic system 43
The triclinic system 45
Formation and growth of crystals 46
The chemical properties of crystals 54
The physical properties of crystals 60
The optical properties of crystals 65
PART II: MINERAL DESCRIPTIONS
Native elements 77
Sulphides 93
Halides 129
Oxides and hydroxides 145
Carbonates, nitrates, and borates 183
Sulphates, chromates, molydates, and tungstates 209
Phosphates, arsenates, and vanadates 227
Silicates 249
Nesosilicates 253
Sorosilicates 275
Cyclosilicates 287
Inosilicates 299
Phyllosilicates 331
Tectosilicates 354
Organic minerals 395
PART III: TABLES
Common minerals and their properties 397
Table 1. Minerals with metallic or submetallic lustre 398
Table 2. Minerals with non-metallic lustre 402
The Periodic Table of the Elements 421
Symbols and atomic numbres of selected elements 422
Glossary 423
Index 429
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