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Title:
Cambridge guide to minerals, rocks & fossils
Author:
Bishop, A. C. (Arthur Clive)
Edition:
[Second edition, revised and expanded].
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
336 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: London: Hamlyn, 1992.

Published in association with the Natural History Museum.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521778817
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

An authoritative and practical identification guide to minerals, rocks and fossils of the world. This new edition of a classic reference work has been completely revised, updated and redesigned, with new extended introductory sections and appendices. An invaluable handbook for amateur collectors and specialists alike, this book is small and compact enough to carry in the pocket or backpack. * Over 600 specimens in full colour * Every specimen described and illustrated on the same double-page spread * Over 300 line drawings identifying structures and features


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This comprehensive field and hand-specimen guidebook is significantly improved, updated, and expanded from the older edition, published some 20 years ago (The Hamlyn Guide to Minerals, Rocks, and Fossils, by W.R. Hamilton, A.R. Woolley, and A.C. Bishop, 1974). In this newer version, the minerals are subdivided into ten standard chemical groups; the rocks into four groups, including meteorites and tektites; and the fossils into ten groups. More than 600 specimens are described and illustrated in color on a convenient double-paged spread, making the pocket-sized book easier to use in the field. Several pages of introduction to each of the three sections provide general background of geological occurrence, classification, and methods of study. Numerous excellent line drawings augment the photos of minerals, rocks, and fossils, and many illustrate pertinent geological conditions that add welcome meaning to the descriptions. This attractive, compact, and practical guidebook rings with authority and usefulness for amateur and professional field explorers and collectors the world over. All levels. T. L. T. Grose; Colorado School of Mines


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Minerals
Introductionp. 6
Native elementsp. 16
Sulfidesp. 22
Oxides and hydroxidesp. 40
Halidesp. 58
Carbonatesp. 64
Nitrates and boratesp. 74
Sulfates and chromatesp. 76
Tungstates and molybdatesp. 84
Phosphates, arsenates, and vanadatesp. 86
Silicatesp. 96
Rocks
Introductionp. 148
Igneous rocksp. 158
Metamorphic rocksp. 178
Sedimentary rocksp. 196
Meteorites and tektitesp. 210
Fossils
Introductionp. 216
Spongesp. 224
Coralsp. 226
Mollusksp. 236
Arthropodsp. 270
Brachiopodsp. 280
Bryozoansp. 290
Echinodermsp. 296
Graptolitesp. 306
Vertebratesp. 308
Fossil land plantsp. 318
Geological time scalep. 328
Further readingp. 329
Indexp. 331

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