This is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rocks and minerals. A comprehensive introduction explains the formation and classification of the many types of rock and mineral. Expertly written text describes the impact of factors such as time, weather and water erosion on external character. In the second part of the book specimens are grouped according to their chemical composition and characteristics, and all entries include quick-reference identification checklists to aid recognition. Featuring over 800 photographs and artworks, this is a one-stop reference, visual encyclopedia and field guide on a richly consuming and intriguing subject. THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROCKS & MINERALS How to find, identify, collect and preserve the world s best specimens, with over 1000 photographs and artworks John Farndon CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM
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About the Author: John Farndon studied Earth Science at Cambridge University and has written a number of books on the subject including Dictionary of the Earth (Dorling Kindersley), The Rock and Crystal Collection and Collecting Minerals (both Sterling).
Biblio NotesAn accessible visual encyclopedia of rocks and minerals, with a directory of over over 300 specimens Instructs the amateur geologist on how to identify and extract samples safely, clean and store specimens, and build and present their own unique collection A photographic directory enables the reader to identify samples by sight, and includes artworks demonstrating shapes and structures Provides guidance on how to test for hardness, cleavage, tenacity, transparency and more
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