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Encyclopedia of minerals
Roberts, Willard Lincoln.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, [1990]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 979 pages, 48 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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QE355 .R6 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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The first edition (1974) was cited in Sheehy. An essential reference on every accepted mineral species, revised and updated to reflect new information in the science of mineralogy. This edition contains: some 3,200 alphabetical entries, 1,000 of which are entirely new; 338 photos, most in color, mostly of large specimens; 45 new crystal drawings of rare species; and complete coverage of silicates. All entries include the mineral's formula, its crystal system, locality, and physical property data. Lovingly done, and the color photography is exemplary. Too bad that the paper's acidic. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is one reference source that really rocks--since that is what it's all about. It simply lists and describes all known minerals found on the earth. For each mineral, the encyclopedia provides chemical formula, physical data, color and appearance, and geographic distribution. Color plates are provided for the most photogenic materials, with some others illustrated by black-and-white photos or crystal diagrams. Each entry includes a bibliographic reference to a source providing more information. This is the first place to turn for information on the third kingdom of the natural world.

Choice Review

New beautifully formed and colored minerals are continually being found and identified. Many end up in museums or private collections out of reach of the amateur. An appreciation of beautiful minerals need not be limited to possession, however. Books such as this add not only to the knowledge of mineralogy but picture exciting or exceptional specimens. This second edition of the Encyclopedia of Minerals is much changed over the original edition (CH, Nov'75). More than 400 new species have been added over the last 16 years. There are 240 new color photographs of large specimens in contrast to the microminerals previously featured. There are also 104 black-and-white photos as well as 45 new crystal drawings. For each of the more than 3,200 minerals listed the mineral's formula, its crystal system, locality, and physical properties data are given, as well as source references. Also provided are a glossary and an explanation of how the photographs were selected and identified. Since the physical and chemical data on the mineral are not indexed, only a painstaking search will help the researcher; but for the collector or knowledgeable amateur, the work will be of much value and pleasure. -R. J. Havlik, University of Notre Dame