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Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and Minerals


A great book for reading or reference, this handy (6.0" x 8.5") handbook presents interesting facts with full-color photos of hundreds of different rocks and minerals. Contains 256 pages, a glossary, identification guides and index.

Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and MineralsTable of Contents

Introduction6
Collecting Rocks and Minerals6
Field Equipment8
Home Equipment10
Organizing your Collection12
How This Book Works14
Mineral or Rock?16
Mineral Formation18
Mineral Composition20
Mineral Characteristics22
Mineral Identification28
How Rocks are Formed30
Igneous Rock Characteristics32
Types of Metamorphism34
Metamorphic Rock Characteristics36
Sedimentary Rock Characteristics38
Rock Identification Key40
Minerals46
Native Elements46
Sulfides and Sulfosalts52
Halides70
Oxides and Hydroxides76
Carbonates, Nitrates, and Borates98
Sulfates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates110
Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates120
Silicates132
Rocks180
Igneous Rocks180
Metamorphic Rocks208
Sedimentary Rocks222
Glossary250
Index252
Acknowledgements256