Rocks and Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks Series)

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This Dorling Kindersley Handbook title has been updated and given a fresh new look. The series has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Rocks & Minerals contains over 500 full-color illustrations and crystal-clear photographs precisely annotated to make identification simple and accurate.

A geology expert explains how to tell rocks from minerals and then shares secrets of spotting sulfides, chromates, igneous and metamorphic ...

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Overview

This Dorling Kindersley Handbook title has been updated and given a fresh new look. The series has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Rocks & Minerals contains over 500 full-color illustrations and crystal-clear photographs precisely annotated to make identification simple and accurate.

A geology expert explains how to tell rocks from minerals and then shares secrets of spotting sulfides, chromates, igneous and metamorphic rocks, and more.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The more than 500 pictures of individual Rocks and Minerals in Chris Pellant's 5x8-inch handbook make it useful for hobbyists from novice to serious. Mr. Pellant lists special equipment for field and home, details the formation and composition of rocks and minerals, and enhances all with color-coded bands and columns to provide data at a glance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789491060
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/5/2002
  • Series: Smithsonian Handbooks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 92,816
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Collecting Rocks and Minerals 6
Field Equipment 8
Home Equipment 10
Organizing your Collection 12
How This Book Works 14
Mineral or Rock? 16
Mineral Formation 18
Mineral Composition 20
Mineral Characteristics 22
Mineral Identification 28
How Rocks are Formed 30
Igneous Rock Characteristics 32
Types of Metamorphism 34
Metamorphic Rock Characteristics 36
Sedimentary Rock Characteristics 38
Rock Identification Key 40
Minerals 46
Native Elements 46
Sulfides and Sulfosalts 52
Halides 70
Oxides and Hydroxides 76
Carbonates, Nitrates, and Borates 98
Sulfates, Chromates, Molybdates, and Tungstates 110
Phosphates, Arsenates, and Vanadates 120
Silicates 132
Rocks 180
Igneous Rocks 180
Metamorphic Rocks 208
Sedimentary Rocks 222
Glossary 250
Index 252
Acknowledgements 256
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2001

    Great for Identifying Rocks and Minerals!

    When I took Geology in college, I loved the course. I only had one problem. It was very difficult for me to identify rocks and minerals in the field. If I had had this pocket field guide, the course would have been a snap. Now, I enjoy taking my children to study outcroppings, and this book will be a great addition to our investigations. First, the photographs are stunning. In fact, any temptation I might have had to develop my own samples is set aside by having these wonderful images to use. Second, the information is detailed and thorough. There is a lot about the crystalline structure of each mineral, the hardness, and many tests that are specific to that particular mineral. There is a very good section that describes how to apply the hardness tests (I always had trouble memorizing that area for some reason). There is plenty of good safety information for how to use the various acids that can be employed to identify minerals. Everything is nicely summarized so it is easy to find. Third, all those subtle distinctions about various kinds of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks that used to puzzle me are very clear here. Whew! Fourth, the book has great directions for locating good spots to examine rocks. Fifth, you also receive a wonderful description of the equipment you need, and ways to use it safely. Whether you think you like rocks or not, you should give this book a try. It will open up a very interesting world full of ways to locate and identify interesting rocks and understand the stories they can tell. As a result, you will have immensely more understanding of the world around you. I also suggest that you read up on plate mechanics as well, so that you understand more about how the landscape is formed before erosion takes over. The combined knowledge of these two areas will greatly add to your understanding and appreciation of evolution. Get in touch with the physical world around you as foundation knowledge! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Rocks and Minerals Review

    The book provides good illustrations and wide variety of rocks and minerals. Gives good information about the origin of the rocks and minerals.

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