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Book234 - The Elements - $19.95
The Elements The Elements
A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann
Soft cover, 10" x 10", 240 pages, copyright 2009

The Elements is the most complete and visually stunning catalog of the periodic table ever assembled. Each element has been selected from author Theodor Gray's coveted collection of thousands of samples, lovingly photographed and illuminated by his wonderfully entertaining and erudite text. The ultimate marriage of science and art, The Elements will dazzle and enlighten every appreciator of nature and the world about them.

Book192 - Agates Inside Out - $24.95
Agates Inside Out Agates Inside Out
by Karen Brzys
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 246 pages, copyright 2010

Agates Inside Out was written to help rockhounds "think like an agate." Well illustrated with numerous high quality photographs, it presents information to help beginning and experienced agate hunters understand agates "inside out".

Chapter 1, "What Is An Agate?", defines what agates are, reviews agates and human history, details agate characteristics, and describes different types of quartz minerals.

Chapter 2, "How Did Agates Form?", discusses how agates are formed. This chapter is intended for those of you who live and die agates and want to understand everything about them. It reviews the relevant geology, agate forming influences, agate formation theories, types of host rock, and the timing of agate genesis. The more you understand about agate formation, the more successful you will be in differentiating in the field between an agate and an agate want-to-be.

Chapter 3, "How Do You Find Agates?", presents information about the specific characteristics you should be looking for when rockhounding for agates. Presented are agate hunting tips, information about how to clean agates, and suggestions for assessing the value of agates.

Chapter 4, "What Are The Different Types of Agate?", includes descriptions and photographs illustrating 31 different types of agate based on their developmental structures including: botroyoidal (grape) agates, brecciated (mosaic) agates, candy striped agates, carnelian agates, cloud agates, crazy lace agates, dendritic agates, enhydrous (water-filled) agates, eye agates, fire agates, flame agates, floater band agates, fortification agates, geode agates, iris (rainbow) agates, jasper agates, moss agates, paintstone agates, peeler agates, plume agates, polyhedroid agates, pseudomorph agates, ruin agates, sagenite agates, sardonyx, seam agates, shadow agates, stalk aggregate agates, thunder egg agates, tube agates, and water-level agates.

Chapter 5, "Where Can You Find Agates?", presents information about agates from different geological locations, listing and describing types of agate structures to be found in U.S. states and other countries including: California, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, China and Mexico.

Appendices provide references, an index, and agate museum information.

Highly recommenced to anyone who is interested in collecting agates and all agate appreciators who want to deepen and expand their understand and knowledge of agates - inside out.

Book193 - Agates - $35.00
Agates Agates
Treasures of the Earth
by Robert Pabian, Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy and John Cromartie
Hard cover, 6" x 8.5", 184 pages, copyright 2006
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Whether you are a seasoned expert or just beginning your collection, Agates is an indespensible resource to the rich geological and cultural significance of these beautiful stones. With wonderful color photographs of stunning agates throughout, this book includes:

• An illustrated Guide to the different agates from around the world
• An introduction to the geology and formation of agates
• A comprehensive guide to the identification of agates
• A history of the uses of agates throughout the ages

Book224 - The Wonder of North American Agates - $14.95
The Wonder of North American Agates The Wonder of North American Agates
A Celebration of North America's Banded Gemstones
by Dan R. Lynch and Bob Lynch
Soft cover, 9.00" x 8.25", 136 pages, copyright 2013 Agates - few other natural formations exhibit the tremendous variety seen in these curiously banded gemstones; no two are exactly alike when it comes to color, pattern or shape. And though they are found on every continent, many well-known and significant varieties are present in North America. This book features some of the most famous, most valuable and rarest agates from Canada, the United States and Mexico.

The Wonder of North American Agates features:
• More than 60 of the most beautiful varieties of agates from across North America
• Intriguing, informative text that explains the fascinating differences between agates and why each is significant
• Compelling, true-to-life photos that show each agate's special beauty

Contents include: Introduction; Understanding Agates; A Brief Overview of North American Agate Varieties, Map of North American Agates, Agates of the Western United States: Baker Ranch thundereggs, Big Diggings agate, Black agate thundereggs, Brownsville agates, Dryhead agates, Dugway geodes, Fairburn agates, Filigree agates, Forth of July Butte agates, Grant Creek agates, Graveyard Point plume agates, Hauser Bed thunder egg agates, Holly blue agates, Little Florida Mountains thunder egg agates, Marfa agates, Montana moss agates, Nebraska blue agates, Needle Peak agates, Nipomo sagenitic agates, Oregon eye agates, Oregon thunder egg agates, Oregon plume agates, Paulina limb casts, Richardson Ranch thunder egg agates, Round Mountain agates, Sheep Bridge sagenitic agates, Tavenier thunder egg agates, Teepee Canyon agates, Texas plume agates, Torpedo Bed thunder egg agates, Trent sagenitic agates, Van Horn plume agates, Washington carnelian agates, Wingate pass agates; Agates of the Eastern United States: Copper replacement agates, Crowley Ridge agates, Crowley Ridge agatized coral, Kentucky agates, Keswick agates, Lake Superior agates, Lake Superior water-level agates, Lake Superior eye agates, Lake Superior moss agates, Lake Superior agate geodes, Sagenitic agates from Lake Superior, Tube agates from Lake Superior, Water-washed agates from Lake Superior, Minnesota sedimentary agates, Paint rock agates, Tampa Bay agatized coral, Wisconsin thunder egg agates, Union Road agates, Geodes from Union Road, White ringer agates; Agates of Canada: Michipicoten Island agates, Mont Lyall thunder egg agates, Monte Lake agates, Two Islands agates, Thunder Bay agates; Agates of Mexico: Apache agates, Coyamito agates, Crazy Lace agates, Laguna agates, Moctezuma agates, Mexican coconut agates, Red Hot thunder eggs; The Wonder of Agates: Why We Collect Agates; Glossary, Bibliography and Recommended Reading, Index

From casual fans to experienced collectors, everyone will appreciate the facts and photographs presented in this incomparable book.

Book225 - Collecting Agates and Jaspers of North America - $19.99
Collecting Agates and Jaspers of North America Collecting Agates and Jaspers of North America
Treasures of the Earth
by Patti Polk
Soft cover, 6" x 8.75", 271 pages, copyright 2013

From the author of Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals and one of the leading agate collectors in the world, comes this comprehensive guide to collecting agates and jaspers, the most sought after types of collectable rocks on the market today. Designed with beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced enthusiasts, Collecting Agates and Jaspers helps rockhounds discover these treasures of North America.

• The only book on agates and jaspers to offer values.
• Featuring nearly 700 beautiful color pictures, descriptions and technical information, this book provides an easy-to-use, quick reference format perfect for home and field.
• Organized by U.S. states and provinces in Canada and Mexico, with introductions pinpointing each area's best spots and what you can find there.

Contents include: Introduction to the Agates and Jaspers of North America; History, Folklore and Use of Agates and Jaspers: Folklore, Lapidary Uses, Information on the Properties of Agates and Jaspers, Agate and Jasper Terminology, Commonly Found Patterns Occurring in Agate and Jasper, Physical Forms of Agate and Jasper, Common and Unusual Characteristics; Collecting Agates in North America; Agates and Jaspers of the U.S., Canada and Mexico; U.S., A-Z State Listings; Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec; Mexico: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nayarit, Sonora, Zacatecas; Resources, Bibliography.

Book258 - The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World - $14.99
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World
A Practical Directory to Over 150 Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
by John Farndon
Hard cover, 7.00" x 9.00", 128 pages, copyright 2012

While there are numerous guides and books about minerals - the constituents and building blocks of rocks - there are far fewer references covering rocks per se. Which is somewhat paradoxical, as it is rocks that are most accessible to rockhounds and geologists, it is rocks that are most commonly field collected by amateur and professional geologists, and it is in rocks that an area's underlying geology is most directly manifest and discoverable.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World is a welcome book about rocks. This richly illustrated reference, featuring more than 375 beautifully shot photographs and concise artworks, explains what rocks are, how they are created, and how differing geological environments and rock building processes affect the types of rocks that form, and how they weather, decay and transform. This book:

• Includes expert analysis of the key rock-forming environments of the world, plus full advice on identifying rock types and building a spectacular collection.
• Categorizes rocks into family groups according to their composition, to enable the reader to gauge shared characteristics and distinguish between similar types.
• Explains how rocks form and the geological processes at work in the environment, including mountain building, volcanic activity, plate tectonics and metamorphism.
• Provides simple identification techniques facilitating amateurs in classifying rocks by quick and easy tests and comparisons.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World is organized into two major sections, preceded by an introduction and followed by a glossary and index.

The first major section, Understanding How Rocks are Made, explains Inside the Earth, Continents and Plates, The Moving Earth, Mountain Building, Earthquakes and Faults, Volcanoes, Igneous Features, The Rock Cycle, How Igneous Rocks Form, How Sedimentary Rocks Form, How Metamorphic Rocks Form, Rock Landscapes, The Ages of the Earth, Rocks and Fossils, How Minerals Form, Geological Maps, Reading the Landscape, Mineral Ores, Collecting Rocks and Minerals, and Classifying Rocks.

The second major section, World Directory of Rocks, introduces rock identification and is organized into three subsections. The first subsection, Igneous Rocks, covers Volcanic Rocks: silica rich rocks, Andesites, Trachytes and spillite, Basalts, Glassy rocks, Volcanic froth and ash, Volcanic debris, Ultramafic rocks, Olivine-rich rocks and carbonatite, Syenites, Plutonic rocks: granite, Granitoids, Gabbro and diorite, Gabbroic rocks, Dyke, sill and vein rock, and Pegmatites. The second subsection, Sedimentary Rocks, covers Lutites, More mudrocks, Sandstones, Arenites and wackes, Rudites, Biochemical rocks, Limestones (carbonate rocks), Ooliths and dolostones, Chemical rocks, and Organic rocks. The third subsection, Metamorphic Rocks, covers Metamorphic rocks: non-foliated, Mafic metamorphic rocks, Marble, Foliated metamorphic rocks, Slate, Schists, Gneiss and Granulite, Rocks altered by fluids and other means, and Space rocks.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World is highly recommended as a geological primer and guide to classifying and identifying rocks, and is a reference that will be appreciated by beginning and advanced rockhounds and amateur geologists alike.

Book149 - The Rockhound's Handbook - $15.95
The Rockhound's Handbook The Rockhound's Handbook
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 299 pages, copyright 2008

"Rockhounding" - the popular term for the hobby of collecting rocks, and minerals. But beyond the possibility of making a new find or valuable discovery, rockhounding offers all ages the opportunity to learn about the nature and history of our physical world, and to explore it in landscapes as diverse as the rocks and minerals found there.

In this greatly expanded edition of The Rockhound's Handbook, you will learn about basic geology and mineral formation, minerals you can find and how to identify them, planning a successful field trip, collecting tools and techniques, finding gold and other heavy minerals, fossil formation and collecting fossils, the legal aspects of collecting, specimen preparation and display, and the basics of lapidary and jewelry making.

Numerous diagrams and photographs, a full-color insert of over 90 mineral and fossil specimens, an extensive glossary, and lists of government agencies and mineral museums, make this an indispensable how-to book for the beginner and a handy reference guide for the experienced collector.

Chapters include: Rocks & Minerals Throughout History; Basic Geology; Mineral Formation; Identifying Minerals; Minerals a Rockhound Might Encounter; Planning a Field Trip; Tips for Finding Minerals in the Field; Tools for Collecting; Some Collecting Techniques; Finding Gold and Other Heavy Metals; Fossils; The Legal Aspects; Preparation, Presentation and Display; Cutting and Polishing Minerals; Jewelry From Gems and Minerals.

Appendices include: Suggested Specimen Lables; Characteristics of Commonly Encountered Minerals; Government Agencies; Museums with Mining and Mineral Displays; Some Web References; and a Glossary.

Book229 - The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook - $21.95
The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook
by Garret Romaine
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 250 pages, copyright 2014

The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook presents the ultimate guide to rockhounding, gem collecting, and gold prospecting. This volume gives you the basic tools to transition from "pebble pup" to expert rockhound, and explains everything you need. Including geology basics, identification tips, tools of the trade, how to record your findings, and how to set up a lab or gem shop.

Before you know it, you'll be driving the open roads and traveling home with pockets full of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils - and maybe even some gold.

The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook features:

• Geology basics
• Popular collectibles, including rocks, gems fossils, meteorites and gold
• Tools of the trade for every level of collector
• Rules and Regulations
• Tips on polishing, preserving, crafting and displaying your treasures

Contents include: Chapter 1 What to Look For: Basic Geology, Resources for Basic Geology, Popular Collectibles, Gator Girls' Best Advice Ever; Chapter 2 Where to Find it: Old School Reference Materials, Online Resources, Rock and Gem Resources, Fossil Collecting Resources, Online Gold Reports, Online Meteorite Locales, Apps, Software, DVDs and Other Tools, Rock and Mineral Websites, Online Maps, ArcGIS, Geology Maps, JSTOR Searches, Build Your Own Book,; Chapter 3 How to Get It Home: Getting to the Site (and Back), General Fieldwork Pointers; Chapter 4 Working in the Field: Ocean Beaches, Creeks and River Walks, Desert Walks, Tailings, Veins and Vugs, Fossil Collecting, Gold Prospecting, Meteorite Hunting; Chapter 5 What to Do with It: Tumble Polishing, Carving Soapstone, Knapping, Preserving Fossils, Jewelry Making, Displaying Your Treasures; Glossary and Index.

Video18 - The Art of Mineral Identification DVD Video - $15.95
The Art of Mineral Identification DVD Video The Art of Mineral Identification DVD Video
by James A. Madonna
Running time 103 minutes, copyright 1997

Professor James Madonna teaches you to systematically identify minerals in just hours with expert instruction by a university teacher who has honed his presentation by teaching thousands of students over 25 years.

Whether you want to prospect or rockhound, this educational video will give you a solid foundation for testing mineral samples and identifying them.

In this show-and-tell style instructional video you will learn about:
• What minerals are, mineral forming environments and how minerals are divided and classified according to six crystal systems
• Characteristics of the isometric, tetragonal, orthorhombic, hexagonal, monoclinic and triclinic crystal systems
• The physical properties used to identify minerals including cleavage, fracture, hardness, tenacity, luster, diaphaniety, streak, color, habit, texture and other properties
• Use of common tools and objects to perform various mineral property tests
• What cleavage is and recognizing and differentiating between various types of cleavage
• What fracture is and recognizing and differentiating between various types of fracture
• The Mhos scale and how to use common objects such as a fingernail, penny, glass shard, pocket knife, and a steel file to test the hardness of a mineral sample
• What specific gravity is and how to measure and calculate it
• Use of heft to determine the relative specific gravity of a mineral sample
• Streak and the use of a streak plate to differentiate between metallic and non-metallic minerals and determine the streak color of a mineral sample
• Luster and recognizing and differentiating between vitreous, resinous, greasy, pearly, silky and earthy lusters
• Diaphaniety and the appearance of transparent, translucent and opaque minerals
• Tenacity and testing a mineral sample for brittleness, malleability, sectility, flexibility and elasticity
• Use of reaction to acid to test for carbonate minerals
• Use of a magnet to test a mineral sample for magnetic attraction
• Use of taste, feel and other properties in mineral identification

After demonstrating the techniques and teaching you to perform various classifying tests on a sample of an unknown mineral specimen, professor Madonna shows how to apply your test results using mineral property tables and identification keys to first narrow the field of possible identities and ultimately identify the unknown specimen.

Book144 - Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals - $19.99
Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals
Indentification - Values - Lapidary Uses
by Patti Polk
Soft cover, 6" x 8.75", 271 pages, copyright 2010

Three guides in one, Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals covers identification, values as well as lapidary uses. Designed with beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced collectors, Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals takes you from being just someone who appreciates rocks to a true collector.

• Easy to use, quick reference format arranged by category and color of the stone
• Covers both lapidary and mineral display materials
• Provides values and tips for locating, buying and collecting
• Includes organics such as amber, bone, coral, pearl and shell
• Lists chemical group, system, hardness, opacity, fracture, specific gravity and more
• Contains more than 650 full-color photos

Book197 - Collector's Guide to Quartz and Other Silica Minerals - $19.99
A Collector's Guide to Quartz and Other Silica Minerals Collector's Guide to Quartz and Other Silica Minerals
by Robert J. Lauf
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 96 pages, copyright 2012

Quartz is prized by both mineral collectors and lapidary artists. Over 130 vivid photographs of these beautiful minerals are presented to show each mineral in its own geological context. Superb examples are found in diverse geological settings from pegmatites to Alpine cliffs and hydrothermal veins.

The silica minerals are chemically simple, yet structurally complicated. Several high-temperature and high-pressure polymorphs are known. In addition to the polymorphs of silica, this book treats related minerals, including lechatelierite, opal and two natural clathrates, chibaite and melanophlogite.

After a brief introduction, the general treatment explains the chemistry and taxonomy of the group. A section on their formation and geochemistry describes the kinds of environments where these minerals are formed. Then, entries for each mineral provide locality information and full-color photos so that collectors can see what good specimens look like and which minerals one might expect to find in association with them.

Contents include: Taxonomy of the Silica Minerals: Crystal structure and morphology, Chemistry and color; Formation and Geochemistry: Silica in igneous rocks, Silica in metamorphic rocks, Silica in sedimentary rocks, Silica in extraterrestrial rocks, Alteration and pseudomorphs; The Minerals: Chibaite, Coesite, Cristobalite, Lechatelierite, Melanophlogite, Mogánite, Opal, Quartz, Seifertite, Stishovite, Tridymite. References and an extensive bibliography are also provided.

Book198 - Collector's Guide to Granite Pegmatites - $19.99
A Collector's Guide to Granite Pegmatites Collector's Guide to Granite Pegmatites
by Vandall T. King
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 96 pages, copyright 2010

Granite pegmatites have long been admired by gem and mineral collectors as a source of fine specimens, gem materials, and sometimes stupendously huge crystals. Pegmatites can also host important deposits of ore minerals and industrial commodities such as feldspar and mica. At the same time, their physical and chemical complexity present daunting challenges to researchers who seek to better understand their nature and origins.

With 209 stunning color photos and clear, authoritative text, Collector's Guide to Granite Pegmatites provides the reader with a straightforward discussion of granite pegmatites rather than complex jargon concerning the latest scientific models or theories. The chapters cover pegmatite forms, and distributions, interior structures, crystal, mineral, and gem pockets, and provides references for further study.

Contents include: Chapter One: Granite, Granite Pegmatites, and the Search for Gems - How Are Granite and Granite Pegmatites Related?, Pegmatite, Aplite, Graphic Granite, Giant Crystals, What Sizes and Shapes do Granite Pegmatites Have?, Pegmatites in Three Dimensions, Distribution of Granite Pegmatites and Their Exploitation; Chapter Two: The Interior of Pegmatites - Zones - The Border Zone, The Wall Zone, Minerals That May Be Seen in Crystals in the Wall Zone, Intermediate Zones, The Core Zones; Chapter Three: Replacement Units, Crystal Pockets, and Pocket Minerals - Diagramming the Pocket Zone, Do Minerals Point the Way to the Pockets?, Minerals of the Edge of the Pocket Zone, Feldspars, Micas, Tourmaline, Light and Dark Lithium Minerals, Niobium and Tantalum Minerals, Mineral Paragenesis, What Does an Unopened Pocket Look Like?, The Pocket Lining, Pocket Clay and Pocket Sand; Chapter Four: Pocket Crystal Treasures.

Book206 - Introduction to Radioactive Minerals - $29.95
Introduction to Radioactive Minerals Introduction to Radioactive Minerals
by Robert Lauf
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 144 pages, copyright 2008

Collectors have long admired uranium and thorium minerals for their brilliant colors, frequently intense ultraviolet fluorescence, and rich variety of habits and associates. Radioactive minerals are also critically important to modern society as our source of nuclear energy, and understanding of them is crucial to safe disposal of radioactive waste.

Introduction to Radioactive Minerals provides a systematic overview of the mineralogy of uranium and thorium, generously illustrated with nearly 200 color photographs and electron microscope micrographs of representative specimens from the author's extensive research collection. It begins with a brief historical discussion of the discovery of radioactive elements and the development of uranium and thorium ore deposits. Next, the geochemical conditions that produce significant increases of primary and secondary minerals are discussed, so that when important localities are described, imparting the reader with a fuller understanding of their geological setting and history. Major occurrences of interest to mineral collectors are then arranged geographically.

The minerals are arranged systematically, to emphasize how the minerals fit into chemical groups, and for each group a few minerals are selected to illustrate their formation and general characteristics.

With the resurgence of interest in nuclear power, this book will be invaluable to mineral collectors as well as nuclear scientists and engineers interested in radioactive deposits.

A Word About Safe Handling prefaces the book. Chapters include: Chapter 1: Introduction - Discovery and Exploitation of Uranium and Thorium, Worldwide Economic Reserves; Chapter 2: Formation and Characteristics of Radioactive Deposits - Geochemistry of Uranium and Thorium, Classification of Radioactive Mineral Deposits, Provinces and Epochs; Chapter 3: Important Mineral Localities - North America: United States, Canada, Mexico, South America: Brazil, Europe: England, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and Central Asia: Russia, Former Soviet Republics, East Asia and Australia: Sri Lanka, Australia, Africa: Congo, Gabon, Namibia, Madagascar; Chapter 4: The Minerals - Primary Minerals: Oxides, Silicates, Secondary Minerals: Hydrated Oxides, Carbonates, Sulfates, Selenites, Tellurites, and Arsenates, Molybdates and Tungstates, Phosphates and Arsenates, Vanadates, Silicates, Other Minerals containing Essential U or Th, Minerals frequently containing U or Th as Impurities.

An extensive bibliography includes Suggested Core Library for Further Reading and References Cited. A Checklist of Radioactive Minerals is provided in an appendix. Indexes include an Index of Mineral Names and an Index of Mineral Localities.

Book137 - Geodes - $19.95
Geodes Geodes
Nature's Treasures
by Brad L. Cross and June Culp Zeitner
Soft cover, 7.25" x 9.25", 292 pages, copyright 2006
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In Geodes two renowned experts share their lifelong passion for geodes and their extensive knowledge of world-class geode deposits as they present the latest theories on the formation and occurrence of these amazing mineral gifts of nature.

Visit the geode mines on Northern Mexico and Southern Brazil with Brad Cross. Learn the geode mining process and how the astonishing treasures inside are uncovered. Travel with June Culp Zeitner as she explores vast geode deposits throughout the Midwestern United States that provide a recorded history of the ancient seas that once covered the land. Discover Florida's ocean harvest of unparallel agatized geodes. Meet the close cousins of geodes - thundereggs, septarians and concretions.

Geodes is illustrated with over 140 full-color photos of geodes that defy description! It is the most comprehensive book ever written on geodes of the America's - a definitive reference for serious collectors and a delightful mineral explorations for both experts and novices. If you are interested in geodes and how they came to be this book is a must have addition to your personal library of rock and mineral references.

Book208 - The Best Bathroom Book for Mineral Collectors Ever Written - $11.95
The Best Bathroom Book for Mineral Collectors Ever Written The Best Bathroom Book for Mineral Collectors Ever Written
by Amy Thyrst, Albert Site and Diamond Dan
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 98 pages, copyright 2012

You wouldn't go in the field without a good field guide on minerals. Don't even think of going in the bathroom without The Best Bathroom Book for Mineral Collectors Ever Written!

Mineral quizes, puzzles, fact, lore, trivia, humor and more.

Book145 - Collecting Fluorescent Minerals - $29.95
Collecting Fluorescent Minerals Collecting Fluorescent Minerals
by Stuart Schneider
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 192 pages, copyright 2004

Seeing fluorescent minerals up close for the first time is an exciting experience. The colors are so pure and the glow is so seemingly unnatural, that it is hard to believe they are natural rocks.

Hundreds of glowing minerals are shown, including Aragonite, Amazonite, Feldspar, Hardystonite, Leucophanite, Microcline, Smithsonite, plus many more. But don't let the hard-to-pronounce names keep you away. Over 800 beautiful color photographs illustrate how fluorescent minerals look under the UV light, and in daylight, making this an invaluable field guide.

Here are minerals from the United States, including mines in New Jersey, New York, Arizona, and California as well as beautiful and unusual minerals from Canada, Mexico, Greenland, Italy, Sweden, and other places.

Included are values, a comprehensive resources section, plus helpful advice on caring for, collecting, and displaying minerals. The field of collecting fluorescent minerals is relatively new and this one of the most complete references available.

Book146 - The World of Fluorescent Minerals - $29.95
The World of Fluorescent Minerals The World of Fluorescent Minerals
by Stuart Schneider
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 192 pages, copyright 2006
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The World of Fluorescent Minerals presents the rich and diverse world of fluorescent minerals in a comprehensive and colorful guide. It provides a a sweeping survey of many different fluorescent minerals found around the world and shown in daylight and ultraviolet light. Browsing this book is like taking a personal tour through a museum. Lavishly illustrated, the breathtaking colors are so pure and their glow is so seemingly unnatural they immediately capture your attention and imagination.

The field collecting of fluorescent minerals is still relatively new ands fresh finds are showing up regularly around the globe. The World of Fluorescent Minerals is written for both the active collector and the merely curious. This pictorial reference will startle you eyes with its full color pages and 977 photos, while its informative text will greatly expand the reader's knowledge. It is an essential source for enjoying and identifying fluorescent minerals.

Introductory chapters include Acknowledgements; Introduction: The Colors in the Book, Value Guide; Fluorescent Minerals: Fluorescence, Tenebrescence, Triboluminescence, and Thermoluminescence, Fluorescence in Everyday Life and Into the Future, Ultraviolet Lamps; Activators; Finding Fluorescent Minerals: The Franklin and Sterling Hills Mines, New Jersey, The Andover Area Mines, Sussex County, Canada - The Long Lake Mine, Mont Saint- Hilaire, Other Places - St. Lawrence County, New York, The Western United States, Mexico, Greenland, Pakistan and Afghanistan; Information About Some Specific Types Of Minerals - Scheelite, Powellite, Feldspars, Sphalerite, Willemite; and Photographing Fluorescent Minerals.

The extensive 163 page Gallery of Minerals is lavishly illustrated with daylight, short, medium and longwave photographs of hundreds of fluorescent mineral specimens. It is organized into sections including Franklin Mine, Sterling Hill Mine, and the Rest of New Jersey; Eastern and Midwestern U.S.; Western U.S.; Canada; Mexico; and Other Countries in alphabetical order.

Also included are addendums on Miners Lamps, Building a Small Battery Pack for Your Portable 12 Volt UV Lamp; Documenting Your Collection, Displaying Your Collection, Things to Consider; Collector Names of Minerals; Resources - Collecting Groups, Information and Museums, Mineral Dealers, Ultraviolet Lamps and Supplies; Bibliography and Index.

Whether you are an old hand at collecting fluorescent minerals, just starting out in the hobby, or simply curious about and interested in these unusual and fascinating members of the mineral kingdom, The World of Fluorescent Minerals is a must-have book for your personal library.

Book147 - Crystal & Gem - $15.99
Crystal & Gem Crystal & Gem
by R. F. Symes and R. R. Harding
Hard cover, 8.5" x 11", 72 pages, copyright 2005

Be an eyewitness to the stunning natural beauty of crystals of every size, shape, and color - and their remarkable uses in everything from surgeon's scalpels to silicon chips.

See a crystal's hidden layers. Find out how to make stones sparkle. Discover where to find crystals in your home.

Contents include: What is a crystal?; A world of crystals; Natural beauty; Crystals - outside and inside; The color of crystals; Identification; Natural growth; Good habits; Discovery - recovery; Growing from seed; Crystals at work; Good vibrations; Quartz; Diamond; Corundum; Beryl; Opal; Other gemstones; Collector's items; Stones for carving; Precious metals; Animal and vegetable; What is it worth?; Making them sparkle; Lore and legends; Crystals at home; Did you know"?; Identifying gemstones; Find out more; Glossary; and Index.

Book140 - Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals (National Audubon Society) - $21.95
Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals (National Audubon Society) Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals (National Audubon Society)
by Charles W. Chesterman
Soft cover, 4" x 7.5", 850 pages, copyright 2000

This first all-photographic field guide features 794 full-color images of all the important rocks, gems, and minerals of North America, showing their many variations of color and crystal forms.

The text provides descriptions of 200 minerals (including 20 classified as gemstones) and 40 rocks, as well as descriptions of the natural environments where they occur.

• 794 full-color photographs
• Photographs organized visually by their subject's color with a thumb tab index for quick and easy identification
• Twice as many descriptions and color plates as any other rock and mineral guide
• Guidelines for collecting procedures, key to identification, and a mineralogical glossary

Book152 - Minerals of the World (Princeton Field Guide) - $26.95
Minerals of the World (Princeton Field Guide) Minerals of the World (Princeton Field Guide)
by Ole Johnsen
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8", 437 pages

Minerals of the World is an attractive and up-to-date guide to more than 500 minerals from around the world. The succinct text--covering crystallography, properties, names and varieties, structure, diagnostic features, and occurrence--and the discussion of less common minerals not found in other guides make this an invaluable resource. With over 600 exquisite color photographs and crystallographic diagrams, this book is unequalled. It is set to become the field guide of choice for mineral collectors and students of mineralogy.

•The most up-to-date popular guide to minerals available
• Text covers crystallography, physical properties, chemical properties, names and varieties, diagnostic features, and occurrence
• More than 500 minerals treated with examples from around the world
• More than 600 superb color photographs and crystallographic diagrams
• Tabular overview of common minerals and their properties

Book142 - Minerals of the World - $14.95
Minerals of the World Minerals of the World
by Walter Schumann
Hard cover, 5.25" x 5", 232 pages, copyright 2008

Identify more than 500 minerals quickly and easily. Brilliant color photographs and an exceptional rapid-identification system make Minerals of the World an invaluable guide. Acclaimed geologist Walter (Gemstones of the World) Schumann has put together the perfect field and reference guide for making fast, accurate classifications.

Using Schumann's unique system, you can quickly pinpoint the identity of hundreds of minerals. It's based on three properties: the streak (also called powder coor), Mohs' hardness (the resistance of the mineral when scratched with a sharp-edge testing device), and gravity (a weight comparison). The bar along the left margin of the page, which is color coded, will help you to rapidly determine a sample's identity.

You'll also find the properties presented in complementary up-to-date text entries that include other important information such as characteristics and localities. Accompanying each entry is a drawing of the mineral's form and a color photo of a raw mineral sample that could typically be found or bought.

Essential new topics covered in this edition's introductory section are the angle measurements of crystals; adularescence; tenacity and toughness; and refraction of light and double refraction. Crystal lattice illustrations have also been added and the relative radioactive strength and weakness of minerals have increased coverage throughout the book. Students, collectors, experts, and admirers of minerals alike will find Schumann's invaluable handbook both informative and fascinating.

Book138 - Rock and Gem (DK Smithsonian) - $24.95
Rock and Gem (DK Smithsonian) Rock and Gem (DK Smithsonian)
The Definitive Guide to Rocks, Minerals, Gems and Fossils
by Ronald Louis Bonewitz
Soft cover, 7.25" x 9.25", 360 pages, copyright 2008

From the primeval origins of rocks and gems to their astonishing modern-day uses and appeal, this is the ultimate portrait of the Earth's natural treasures.

A fascinating encyclopedic reference on rocks and gems, including their identification, composition, and their historic and modern uses. Numerous feature boxes cover topics such as the Malachite room in the Winter Palace and the collection of the Hope Diamond and the superstitions surrounding it.

Beautifully designed and packed with hundreds of full-color photos, Rock and Gem provides an encyclopedic tour of the intriguing world of rocks and gems. The information is presented and organized as fun and informative nuggets of historic, geological, mineralogical and gemological topics.

Book148 - Rocks & Minerals (DK Eyewitness) - $16.99
Rocks & Minerals (DK Eyewitness) Rocks & Minerals (DK Eyewitness)
by R. F. Symes
Hard cover, 8.5" x 11", 72 pages, copyright 2008
Includes fold-out wall chart and clip-art CD

Discover the story of the Earth's rocks and minerals - their creation, variety and uses. Be an eyewitness to the magnificent wealth of rocks and minerals hidden beneath our feet - how they are created and their many uses in everyday life.

See how the first paints were made from crushed rocks. Find out about rocks from outer space. Discover what the Earth is made of and how its rocks were formed. Explore the included fold-out wall chart and clip-art CD.

Contents include: The Earth; What are rocks and minerals?; How rocks are formed: Weathering and erosion; Rocks on the seashore; Igneous rocks; Volcanic rocks; Sedimentary rocks; Limestone caves; Metamorphic rocks; Marble; The first flint tools; Rocks as tools; Pigments; Building stones; The story of coral; Fossils; Rocks from space; Rock-forming minerals; Crystals; The growing crystal; The properties of minerals; Gemstones; Decorative stones; Lesser-known gems; Ore minerals and metals; Precious metals; Cutting and polishing stones; Collecting rocks and minerals; Did you know?; Rock or mineral? Find out more; Glossary; and Index.

Book143 - Rocks and Minerals (DK Smithsonian Handbook) - $22.00
Rocks and Minerals (DK Smithsonian Handbook) Rocks and Minerals (DK Smithsonian Handbook)
by Chris Pellant
Soft cover, 5.75" x 8.5", 256 pages, copyright 2002

Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Rocks and Minerals combines 600 vivid full-color photos and descriptions of more than 500 specimens. This authoritative, systematic, and clear photographic approach marks a new generation of identification guides.

Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, the Smithsonian Handbook of Rocks and Minerals explains what rocks and minerals are, how they are classified, and how to start a collection. 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.

Packed with detailed information on characteristics, distinguishing features, and more, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Rocks and Minerals is the clearest identification guide for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.

Book151 - Rocks and Minerals (Peterson Field Guide) - $20.00
Rocks and Minerals (Peterson Field Guide) Rocks and Minerals (Peterson Field Guide)
by Frederick H. Pough
Soft cover, 4.5" x 7.25", 396 pages, copyright 1988

This definitive guide to rocks and minerals includes 385 color photographs showing rocks, minerals and geologic formations. Hundreds of minerals are descrived, with details such as geologic distribution, physical properties, chemical composition and crystalline structures.

Rocks and Minerals is organized in two major parts. Part 1, An Introduction to the Study of Rocks and Minerals, contains chapters on: Your Mineral Collection, Rocks and Minerals and Where to Find Them, Physical Properites of Minerals, Crystal Classifications, The Chemical Classification of Minerals, and Tests, Techniques and Tips.

Part 2, Mineral Descriptions, covers: Elements, Sulfides and Sulfosalts, Oxides, Halides, Carbonates, Nitrates, Borates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Vanadates, Uranates, Tungstates, Molybdates, and Silicates, which are further categorized and described as Silica, Disilicate, Metasilicate, Pyrosilicate, Orthosilicate, and Subsilcate types. No collector's or rockhound's library is complete without a copy of Frederck H. Pough's Rocks and Minerals. Highly recommended.

Book141 - Rocks and Minerals (Simon and Schuster's Guide) - $20.00
Rocks and Minerals (Simon and Schuster's Guide) Rocks and Minerals (Simon and Schuster's Guide)
by Annibale Mottana, Rodolfo Crespi and Giuseppe Liborio
Soft cover, 4.5" x 7.5", 607 pages, copyright 1978

Practical, concise, and easy to use, Simon and Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals contains everything the rock and mineral enthusiast needs to know.

This field guide is divided into two large sections - one devoted to minerals and one to rocks, each prefaced by a comprehensive introduction that discusses formation, chemistry, and more.

All 377 entries, beautifully illustrated with color photographs and helpful visual symbols, provide descriptions and practical information about appearance, classification, rarity, crystal formation, mode of occurrence, gravity of mineral, rock chemistry, modal classification fields, formational environments, grain sizes of rocks, and much more.

Whether you are a serious collector or an information seeking amateur, this incomparably beautiful, authoritative guide will provide an invaluable reference.

Book211 - Minerals - $24.95
Minerals Minerals
by Alessandro Guastoni and Roberto Appiani
Soft cover, 5.75" x 7.75", 256 pages, copyright 2005

Minerals provides a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the forms, physical properties, classification and study of minerals from around the world.

Striking in color and perfect in structure, minerals are carved by nature over millions of years and found everywhere on Earth. Each step of human progress can be measured by how they were used. This concise guide - complete with quick reference symbols - describes minerals from all the major classes, including their chemical formulas, crystalline systems, physical habit, natural environment and etymological notes.

Contents include: Introduction: The science of mineralogy, The forms of crystals and twinning, Physical properties, How minerals are studied, The environments in which minerals form, The classification of minerals. Minerals: Class 1: Native Elements, Class 2: Sulfides and Sulfosalts, Class 3: Halides, Class4: Oxides and Hydroxides, Class 5: Carbonates, Class 6: Borates, Class 7: Sulfates, Chromates, Molybdates, Tungstates; Class 8: Phosphates, Arsenates, Vanadates, Class 9: Silicates; Class 10: Organic Minerals; References: Essential Glossary, Classification of Minerals, Index of the Minerals, Bibliography and Websites

More than 400 high-quality color photographs, tables, charts, glossary and bibliography and richly informative descriptions of 288 minerals.

Book232 - The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World - $19.99
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World
by John Farndon and Steve Parker
Soft cover, 6.75" x 8.5", 512 pages, copyright 2012

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World provides a comprehensive reference guide to over 700 minerals, rocks and plant and animal fossils from around the globe and how to identify them, with over 2000 color photographs and illustrations.

Rocks, minerals and fossils have a timeless fascination. Endlessly interesting and beautiful to look at, they also offer up all kinds of information about the origins and evolution of our planet. Rocks and minerals reveal the great earth shifts that have formed the globe's mighty mountains and vast oceans. Fossils - plant and animal remains preserved in rock - give clues to the development of the diverse life forms that have flourished on Earth over millions of years, from simple mosses and giant dinosaurs to human beings.

This informative, highly illustrated book is a complete reference source for anyone interested in the earth sciences. Each section of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World begins with an introduction explaining how the phenomena have formed and their major defining characteristics, the habits in which they are typically found and where the best examples are located around the world.

How-to techniques for the amateur geologist and paleontologist show how to extract samples safely, and how to identify, date and classify them. There are step-by-step instructions on simple home testing methods to gauge rock and mineral hue, hardness, cleavage, luster, tenacity and transparency. Also included is practical guidance on the best ways to clean, preserve and then display the specimens to build a superb collection of your own.

This guide's major feature is its two extensive visual directories - one on rocks and minerals and one on fossils - containing over 700 in-depth specimen profiles. Each profile features a superb photograph for easy identification. Handy information boxes give facts and figures such as type and location, and detailed diagrams and reconstructions show the structure-type of rocks, and how each fossil originally looked.

With more than 1200 clear photographs and over 800 illustrations, this impressive work provides all the facts any reader needs to know about these hugely absorbing subjects.

Book236 - What's That Rock or Mineral - $9.95
What's That Rock or Mineral What's That Rock or Mineral
A Beginner's Guide
by Tom Jackson
Soft cover, 4" x 7.5", 128 pages, copyright 2014

Rocks and minerals are everywhere. They form the ground we stand on and the solid floor of the oceans, reaching down into the planet for thousands of yards to the Earth's crust. This book will help you identify the most common rocks and give you an insight into the minerals they contain.

What's That Rock or Mineral is arranged in four chapters. The first three deal with rocks and are divided on the basis of the sizes of mineral grains - the crystals you can see when you look closely at a specimen. Each chapter is subdivided by shade - pale, dark or mixed. This book's simple guidelines will open up the world of rocks for you and help you figure out what type of rock you are looking at - be it a rock layer in a cliff, a pebble on a beach, or perhaps the stone in a building.

The final chapter contains the most important minerals. Some are the basis of common rocks, others are valuable ores, and yet more are cherished as gemstones. Rocks and minerals are diverse and can be tricky to pin down as one type or another. What's That Rock or Mineral is a great place to start.

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