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This is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rocks and minerals, and how to build a collection, featuring over 800 stunning photographs and artworks. This is the ultimate visual encyclopedia of rocks and minerals, with a directory of over 300 specimens. It instructs the amateur geologist on how to identify and extract samples safely, clean and store specimens, a This is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rocks and minerals, and how to build a collection, featuring over 800 stunning photographs and artworks. This is the ultimate visual encyclopedia of rocks and minerals, with a directory of over 300 specimens. It instructs the amateur geologist on how to identify and extract samples safely, clean and store specimens, and build and present their own unique collection.


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This is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rocks and minerals, and how to build a collection, featuring over 800 stunning photographs and artworks. This is the ultimate visual encyclopedia of rocks and minerals, with a directory of over 300 specimens. It instructs the amateur geologist on how to identify and extract samples safely, clean and store specimens, a This is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rocks and minerals, and how to build a collection, featuring over 800 stunning photographs and artworks. This is the ultimate visual encyclopedia of rocks and minerals, with a directory of over 300 specimens. It instructs the amateur geologist on how to identify and extract samples safely, clean and store specimens, and build and present their own unique collection.

35 review for The Illustrated Guide to Rocks & Minerals: How to Find, Identify and Collect the World's Most Fascinating Specimens, Featuring Over 800 Stunning Photographs and Artworks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyra Meurer

    I got this book for unusual reasons, namely I intended to read it cover to cover for worldbuilding purposes, so I would understand how certain rocks and minerals form and so I could narrow down which ones I actually cared about for the sake of my worldbuilding. Well, this book definitely fulfilled its purpose and while I've finished reading it through, I think I'll be returning to it for information for a long time. I did also genuinely sometimes look forward to sitting down and reading my dang I got this book for unusual reasons, namely I intended to read it cover to cover for worldbuilding purposes, so I would understand how certain rocks and minerals form and so I could narrow down which ones I actually cared about for the sake of my worldbuilding. Well, this book definitely fulfilled its purpose and while I've finished reading it through, I think I'll be returning to it for information for a long time. I did also genuinely sometimes look forward to sitting down and reading my dang mineral book like a total weirdo. I have a few tiny critiques which may be useful to other people looking into this book. This guide is very insistent on fitting information into its specific structure, namely there's a heading such as "Garnets and Olivines," then exactly two pages worth of information on various specimens -- normally four entries for four specimens. That doesn't cover much about the world of garnets, however! But, as it is, this is a good springboard for further research, so I don't hate that so much. The information also felt like it was presented in a sort of weird order, though I think that's one of the difficulties of presenting a subject as interconnected as geology. Even so, certain things didn't feel super well explained and I felt like I had to intuit them along the way. Also, information on the formation of minerals wasn't always present, and I wish there had been consistency there. There were also a few tiny inaccuracies that I noticed while doing further research, eg. the blurb on alabaster talks only about gypsum alabaster as if that's the only kind, but there's also calcite alabaster. Also, the entry on native antimony says that native antimony was used to make kohl in ancient Egypt. Actually, stibnite (a mineral of antimony) was used. All that aside, I enjoyed this book and think it did what I needed it to. Lots of lovely pictures, all the important info for identification is presented clearly on the side, and there's enjoyable bits of historical information sprinkled throughout.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lostdutchman

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    Lu

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    Linda Kurtz

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    gary winters

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    Robert Glover

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    ViewSkyBlue

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    Anthony Bell

  35. 5 out of 5

    Ramon

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