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It’s the classic work: revised and updated! Identify over 500 of the most collectible minerals quickly and easily with this fully photographed field guide. And this new reissue makes identification easier, with new cleavability ratings for each entry alongside the handy classifications based on streak color, Mohs’ hardness, and specific gravity. A complete introductory discussion of mineral forms and properties explains the essential criteria for recognition, and each of the hundreds of minerals (from Ankerite to...
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Overview

It’s the classic work: revised and updated! Identify over 500 of the most collectible minerals quickly and easily with this fully photographed field guide. And this new reissue makes identification easier, with new cleavability ratings for each entry alongside the handy classifications based on streak color, Mohs’ hardness, and specific gravity. A complete introductory discussion of mineral forms and properties explains the essential criteria for recognition, and each of the hundreds of minerals (from Ankerite to Zinwaldite) is accompanied by information on its fracture, luster, chemical formula, aggregates, distinguishing characteristics, and localities.
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“It will be a useful handbook for the hobbyist or naturalist and a valuable addition for most libraries.” —Booklist

“Of value to students ranging from primary to college age...an excellent reference book.” —School Science & Mathematics

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Over 500 of the most collectible minerals are represented in full-color photographs in this field guide, which was originally published in Germany under the title "Mineralien aus aller Welt" in 1990. Schumann has also written "Gemstones of the World" (Sterling, 1977) and "Minerals and Rocks" (Chatto & Windus, 1978). He states that while there are more than 3,000 known minerals with many variations, this title includes only those found in abundance and typically of interest to collectors The introduction explains the identification system in which minerals are organized based on measurable properties that include streak or powder color, Mohs' hardness, and specific gravity. External shapes of minerals are briefly discussed, and structure of minerals, crystal systems, twinning in crystals, and mineral aggregates are detailed. Another section describes luster, tenacity, magnetism, florescence, and other mineral characteristics Designed to be a manual to identify minerals based upon observational information, the body of the text is arranged by streak color or the inherent color when the mineral is pulverized--white and colorless, green, gray and black, etc. Approximately four minerals are detailed on each two-page spread. The left-hand page contains bar charts noting the streak, Mohs' hardness, and specific gravity or relative density for each mineral. The text, also on the left-hand pages, is brief in keeping with the field-guide approach and notes aggregates, minerals accompanied by, location, and similar minerals. Photographs on right-hand pages are not examples of museum-quality minerals but rather samples that a typical collector might encounter. Those that have been enlarged to show detail have notations in the form of a ratio. A glossary and index complete the work "A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals", fourth edition, in the Peterson Field Guide series (Houghton, 1976) provides drawings of the crystal structure for individual rocks and minerals. However, the illustrations are contained in a section of plates apart from the text in the center of the book, and many are in black and white. "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals" by Charles W. Chesterman (Knopf, 1978) contains full-color illustrations of the minerals arranged by color, comprising the first half of the title, while the descriptions and scientific information follow. Not a field guide, "The Encyclopedia of Gemstones and Minerals" ["RBB" Mr 15 92] is arranged alphabetically and presents information in a form that allows for the study of minerals within the context of nature rather than as collectibles "Minerals of the World" offers wider coverage, side-by-side presentation of full-color photography and complementing text, and easy identification of minerals based on observational information. It will be a useful handbook for the hobbiest or naturalist and a valuable addition for most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402753398
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     6
Organization     7
Introduction
How to Find a Particular Mineral     8
The Rapid-Identification System     8
Example-Fluorite     10
External Shapes of Minerals     11
Structure of Minerals     11
Crystal Systems     13
The Law of Constant Angles     14
Twinning in Crystals     15
Mineral Aggregates     16
Mineral Characteristics     17
Color of Minerals and Streak     17
Pleochroism     18
Light Effects and Surface Luster     18
Mohs' Hardness     20
Tools for Testing the Scratch Hardness     21
Specific Gravity     22
Double Refraction     24
Cleavage     23
Fracture     24
Tenacity and Toughness     25
Magnetism     25
Transparency     26
Luster     26
Refraction of Light and Double Refraction     26
Radioactivity     27
Fluorescence     28
Flame-Test Color     28
Other Characteristics     29
Imitations     29
Guidefor Identification
Minerals Arranged by Streak Color     30
White and Colorless     30
Green     134
Gray and Black     148
Red and Orange     184
Gold and Brown     192
Blue     210
Bibliography     218
Glossary     219
Index     224
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