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Children's LiteratureA gem-splattered border frames the cover of this book as well as every two-page section inside. As a part of the series "Science Files," which showcases materials used in every day life, this book recounts information of where rocks and minerals come from, how they are mined and processed, and what they are used for. A concise introduction gets the reader thinking by telling what people did with rocks over a million years ago. Then comes a section defining rocks and minerals and another about "The Rock Cycle," which gives the reader the go ahead to delve further into the book. The mining process and the production of bricks, blocks, cement and concrete come across clearly with flashy photos, crosscut and step-by-step illustrations. Young engineers longing to know how things work or how they are made will reap plenty of entertainment from this book. The explanation about high-tech uses of minerals is impressive. Ecology is emphasized, as it is with all the books from the series. A chart about the three main types of rocks and their uses follows the body of text. A glossary, resource books and web sites, and an index complete the book.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury