Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals

Paperback - 1992
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The Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Rocks and Mineralsis packed with 600 full-colour photographs of more than 500 specimens. Authoritative text, clear photographs and a systematic approach help you to cut through the complicated identification process and recognize a specimen easily.

Photo-Encyclopedic Approach

Each entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the rock or mineral's chief characteristics and distinguishing features. Accompanying colour-coded bands provide clear, at-a-glance facts for quick reference. In addition, each mineral entry features an illustration showing the crystal system to which the mineral belongs.

Identification Made Easy

Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Rocks and Mineralsexplains what rocks or minerals are, how they are classified and how to start a collection. To help in the initial stages of rock identification, a clear visual key illustrates the differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, then guides the reader to the correct rock entry. A concise glossary provides instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.

Publisher: New York : DK, 1992.
ISBN: 9780751327410
Characteristics: 256 pages :,color illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Harry


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Sep 08, 2018

Smithsonian's Rocks and Minerals is pretty handy. It is nicely organized. There are useful tables on how to identify a rock or mineral sample. There are also a selection of sample images which can be helpful where mineral impurities produce visually different samples, for instance there are photographs of 4 different types of hematite, and 5 different types of fluorite. It serves as a solid reference volume.

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