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The Practical GeologistThe Practical GeologistFrom exploring the basic principles of geology to starting a rock and mineral collection, The Practical Geologist is the perfect introduction to the world of Earth science. Beginning with a history of the Earth's formation and development, this book explores the substances that compose the planet, movements within the Earth, the surface effects of weather and water, and underground landscapes. It shows you how to search for, identify, and extract samples of various rocks and minerals. For each rock and mineral type there is a brief mineralogy and explanation of its locations. There are also sections on mapping, preparing, and curating specimens, and geological sites on the six continents. Packed with more than 200 full-color illustrations, this comprehensive guide is the essential practical companion for natural science enthusiasts everywhere. Chapters include: What Is A Practical Geologist?, The History Of The Earth, The Substance Of The Earth, Earth Movements, The Earth's Storybo
The Rockhounds HandbookThe Rockhounds Handbook"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 beginne
The Wireworkers CompanionThe Wireworkers CompanionWireworkers of all skill levels... discover the most convenient guide to wireworking techniques! Experts Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson act as your trusty guides: • Explaining in-depth all the tools, materials, and wire-wrapping fundamentals you'll need. • Covering more advanced topics, including texture, patina, and even basic metalsmithing. • Providing instructions for creating custom findings. A welcome addition to the best-selling series, The Wireworker's Companion is a complete, compact resource for wireworking techniques. It's a tool jewelry makers and beaders will reach for again and again. Contents include: Introduction; Wire 101: Metal Types, Wire Types, Wire Shapes, Temper/Hardness, Work-Hardening and Annealing, Gauge/Size; Tool Talk: Measuring Tools, Cutters and Saws, Pliers,Mandrels & Wire-Shaping Tools, Hammering Tools & Accessories, Piercing Tools & Punches, Twisting Tools, Filing and Finishing Tools; Basic Wireworking: Loops & Links, Coils, Jump Rings, Spirals; Wor
The Wonder of the North American AgatesThe Wonder of the North American AgatesSoft 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
Treasure Hunting for Fun and ProfitTreasure Hunting for Fun and ProfitTreasure hunting is fun! And it can be profitable. "A hobby that pays for itself" is explained in layman's language. Healthy outdoor exercise and sheer excitement and pleasure of finding treasure are but two of its many advantages. Veteran metal detector manufacturer and treasure hunter Charles Garrett draws from his lifetime of experience to cite numerous instances where different kinds of valuable objects have been found with metal detectors and to suggest where more treasure is waiting to be found... today! Treasure Hunting for Fun and Profit explains how truly simple it is to find coins, jewelry, money caches, gold nuggets and countless other items of value with a modern electronic metal detector.
Trilobites of North AmericaTrilobites of North AmericaTrilobites - Common Trilobites of North America provides an introduction to the trilobites - which are among the most interesting and scientifically important of all prehistoric animals, and discusses why trilobites possess an almost unrivalled ability to fascinate with their symmetrical forms, elegant simplicity, and sometimes baroque ornamentation, combined with the pleasing rhythms of their segmentation to captivate and delight the eye. Learn about the classification of trilobites in the animal kingdom, their habitats, lifestyles, how they locomoted and fed, their place in paleontological history and their extinction, and why trilobites are probably the most highly prized of invertebrate fossils and eagerly sought by fossil collectors throughout the world. Trilobites - Common Trilobites of North America serves as an identification guide to 41 different species of trilobites including the localities and the Lower Cambrian to Pennsylvanian rock units and formations in which they are
Turquoise UnearthedTurquoise UnearthedTurquoise Unearthed showcases exquisite examples of rough and polished natural turquoise from more than twenty famous "classic" mines, including Lander Blue, Number 8, Brisbane, and Lone Mountain. Appealing to rock hounds and serious collectors alike, Turquoise Unearthed is a definitive, contemporary visual guide. Here, too, are spectacular works by modern jewelers, along with fascinating ancient and historic Native Americian turquoise jewelry and cremeonial objects. Chapters include: Turquoise: The Sky Stone, Working With Turquoise, Buying Turquoise, Classic Southwestern Turquoise Mines, and Museums And Collections. An index and appendix of recommended reading is also presented.
Volcanoes of Northern ArizonaVolcanoes of Northern ArizonaJust south of the Grand Canyon lies a range of volcanic mountains which includes the highest point in Arizona. For the first time, Volcanoes of Northern Arizona provides a popular look at the fiery origin of these volcanic features. With magnificent aerial photographs, original geologic illustrations, and detailed road logs to many of the key features, this book is an indispensable tool for the traveler, the educator, and all who are interested in the remarkable landscape of northern Arizona. Contents include: 1. The Big Picture: Plate Tectonics, A Primer on Volcanoes; 2. Volcanic Features of Northern Arizona: Cinder Cones, Lava Dams in the Grand Canyon, Shield Volcanoes, Lava Tubes, Stratovolcanoes, Lava Domes; 3. The Story of Sunset Crater: The Next Eruption; 4. Road Logs: Grand Canyon to Williams, Williams to Flagstaff, Flagstaff to Valle, Flagstaff to Wupatki, Wupatki/Sunset Crater, SP Crater, Grand Falls, Toroweap Overlook; Glossary; Index.
What's that Rock of MineralWhat's that Rock of MineralRocks 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
Wire WrappingWire WrappingWire Wrapping by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey Soft cover, 8.5" x 9", 127 pages, copyright 2008 Sample project Sample project Sample project Wrap it up! Learn to create stunning wire jewelry designs, no experience required! Wire experts Linda Chandler and Chritine Ritchey, take the mystery out of the craft and share their secrets for making timeless, elegant jewelry from simple to elaborate designs. Begin with the basics, safety, tools, and materials, plus all the appropriate types of metals for wirework, then learn the essential techniques for designing these deceptively simple projects, from bracelets, earrings, pins, wire-wrapped pendants, and more. Detailed step-by-step photography, helpful hints and tricks, and skill-building projects walk you through everything you need to know to create beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry for every occasion! Wire Wrapping contains 10 stunning projects with variations. A helpful resources section at the back of the book makes this book
WireworkWireworkLearn Dale "Cougar" Armstrong's secrets for creating wire jewelry with this clear, inspirational guide and take your wire jewelry to new levels! You will learn how to wire wrap using faceted stones, how to create pendants with any size or shape of faceted stone, how to use several methods for working with and setting faceted stones, plus mixing wire gauges and tempers to create stable yet creative pieces. In the eighteen projects include in Wirework, Dale showcases her classic jewelry style and shows how to create beautiful custom bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings and rings. You get comprehensive instruction about: • Using geometry in wire-jewelry formulations • Making the correct right angles • Shaping with and without mandrels • Using found items for shaping • When and how to use snap-set components • Choosing the right cabochons and gemstones • And more! Plus with the included companion DVD, you'll find all the techniques from the book explored by Dale herself, off
Zuni Fetishes and CarvingsZuni Fetishes and CarvingsZuni Fetishes & Carvings provides newly expanded, combined edition of the two most popular books on Zuni fetishes and carvings nationwide! These tiny, exquisite "charm stones" make up some of the most popular Native American art in North America. Now available in a single volume, Zuni Fetishes & Carvings offers the best general reference on the subject ever available to collectors. This new edition is fully illustrated with the work of nearly 700 carvers and catalogs more than 900 fetishes in full color. How can fetishes help us in our daily lives? What does the bear represent? The frog? The eagle? What powers do they contain? What makes a fetish "speak" to a collector? In this deluxe edition, noted dealer in Native American art Kent McManis answers all these questions and many more. He presents the two major traditional types of fetishes: the protective/healing group and the hunting group. He describes the materials that Zuni artists carve today, such as turquoise, onyx, jet, mother-o
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