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Minerals of the world
Johnson, John R., 1904-
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Mineralernes verden. English
Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2002.

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439 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
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"Originally published under the title: Mineralernes verden."
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QE359.A1 J6413 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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

Author Notes

Ole Johnsen is Curator of the Geological Museum at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has widely written on minerals in popular and scientific magazines and periodicals, and has served on the committees of national and international organizations including the International Mineralogical Association and the Mineralogical Society of America.

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Choice Review

Johnsen (curator, geological museum, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark) provides descriptive information for the identification of more than 500 minerals. Though most field guides list minerals by color, this book follows the standard mineralogy textbook approach in which the mineral sections are arranged according to mineral composition and structure. The coverage and detail, however, are scaled back to produce something more appropriate in size for use in the field. The book's suitability as a field guide is completed by the addition of hundreds of excellent color photographs and drawings. Most comparable field guides cover some combination of minerals, gems, rocks, or fossils; this book's singular focus makes it a more comprehensive guide to minerals. It also fills a niche below that of a full-blown mineralogy work. The content material is solid, and superb illustrations on high-quality paper make for an attractive volume. Spelling follows British usage. The book is recommended to undergraduate libraries as a reference work for the more serious amateur mineral collector and as a supporting work for a nonmajor mineralogy course. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. E. R. Swanson University of Texas at San Antonio

Table of Contents

Part I Mineralogy and Crystallography
What is a mineral?p. 11
Mineral namesp. 15
Crystallographyp. 18
Crystal geometryp. 19
The cubic systemp. 26
The tetragonal systemp. 31
The hexagonal systemp. 34
The trigonal systemp. 37
The orthorhombic systemp. 41
The monoclinic systemp. 43
The triclinic systemp. 45
Formation and growth of crystalsp. 46
The chemical properties of crystalsp. 54
The physical properties of crystalsp. 60
The optical properties of crystalsp. 65
Part II Mineral Descriptions
Native elementsp. 77
Sulphidesp. 93
Halidesp. 129
Oxides and hydroxidesp. 145
Carbonates, nitrates, and boratesp. 183
Sulphates, chromates, molydates, and tungstatesp. 209
Phosphates, arsenates, and vanadatesp. 227
Silicatesp. 249
Nesosilicatesp. 253
Sorosilicatesp. 275
Cyclosilicatesp. 287
Inosilicatesp. 299
Phyllosilicatesp. 331
Tectosilicatesp. 354
Organic mineralsp. 395
Part III Tables
Common minerals and their propertiesp. 397
Table 1 Minerals with metallic or submetallic lustrep. 398
Table 2 Minerals with non-metallic lustrep. 402
The Periodic Table of the Elementsp. 421
Symbols and atomic numbres of selected elementsp. 422
Glossaryp. 423
Indexp. 429