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The Collector S Guide To The Minerals Of New York State

Author: Steven C. Chamberlain
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764343346
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Examines twenty-four localities of interest to mineral collectors, discussing the localities significant to specimen mineralogy, collecting history, geological setting, origin, and a description of the mineral.

On The Rocks

Author: John S. Dickey
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471132349
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Explore the fundamental forces of nature in this lively, engrossing panorama of earth and planetary science. Professor John S. Dickey takes you on a tour that begins with the stardust that formed the Earth and ends on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Along the way you'll read about the changes, both gradual and cataclysmic, that shape the Earth, about the lives of scientists and their discoveries, and a great deal about the nature of science itself. As enjoyable to read as it is informative, On the Rocks will change forever the way you understand the physical world that supports us all.

Explore Rocks And Minerals

Author: Cynthia Light Brown
Publisher: Nomad Press
ISBN: 1619300982
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Explore Rocks and Minerals! offers kids ages 6–9 a fascinating introduction to geology. It investigates the geological forces that create and transform rocks, outlining the life cycle of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and what they can tell us about the earth. It also explores fossils, and how they come to exist and are discovered. Explore Rocks and Minerals! includes 20 hands-on activities to bring learning to life. Kids create their own crystals, sculpt edible models of the planet, and bake volcanic meringue cookies. These easy-to- follow activities require minimal adult supervision and use common household products. By combining an interactive component with jokes, fun facts, and cartoons, Explore Rocks and Minerals! provides a fun, accessible introduction to geology.

Beneath Our Feet

Author: Ron Vernon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521790307
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Explains the processes responsible for creating rocks and minerals.

Collector S Guide To The Epidote Group

Author: R. J. Lauf
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764330483
Size: 12.84 MB
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Over 90 striking color photos display minerals of the epidote group, well known to mineral collectors for their rich colors and the many interesting minerals with which they occur. Lapidary artists also value epidote, particularly in the form of unakite, and precious or semiprecious varieties of the related mineral zoisite, including thulite and tanzanite, some which have inclusions that allow them to be cut into popular catseyes. This informative book provides all presently known species, detailed entries for each of the eighteen minerals, and extensive locality information. This book will be of interest to those interested in developing a better understanding of silicate minerals.

Collector S Guide To Quartz And Other Silica Minerals

Author: R. J. Lauf
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764341618
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Quartz is prized by both mineral collectors and lapidary artists. Over 130 vivid photographs of these beautiful minerals are presented to show each mineral in its geological context. Superb examples are found in diverse geological settings from pegmatites to Alpine clefts and hydrothermal veins. The silica minerals are chemically simple, yet structurally complicated. Several high temperature and high pressure polymorphs are known. In addition to the polymorphs of silica, this book treats related minerals, including: lechatelierite, opal, and two natural clathrates, chibaite and melanophlogite. After a brief introduction, the general treatment explains the chemistry and taxonomy of the group. A section on their formation and geochemistry describes the kinds of environments where these minerals are formed. Then, entries for each mineral provide locality information and full-color photos so that collectors can see what good specimens look like and which minerals one might expect to find in association with them. An extensive bibliography is also provided.

Why Geology Matters

Author: Doug Macdougall
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520948920
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Volcanic dust, climate change, tsunamis, earthquakes—geoscience explores phenomena that profoundly affect our lives. But more than that, as Doug Macdougall makes clear, the science also provides important clues to the future of the planet. In an entertaining and accessibly written narrative, Macdougall gives an overview of Earth’s astonishing history based on information extracted from rocks, ice cores, and other natural archives. He explores such questions as: What is the risk of an asteroid striking Earth? Why does the temperature of the ocean millions of years ago matter today? How are efforts to predict earthquakes progressing? Macdougall also explains the legacy of greenhouse gases from Earth’s past and shows how that legacy shapes our understanding of today’s human-caused climate change. We find that geoscience in fact illuminates many of today’s most pressing issues—the availability of energy, access to fresh water, sustainable agriculture, maintaining biodiversity—and we discover how, by applying new technologies and ideas, we can use it to prepare for the future.

Rocks And Minerals Of Washington And Oregon

Author: Dan R. Lynch
Publisher: Adventure Publications(MN)
ISBN: 9781591932932
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Get the perfect guide to rocks and minerals of the Pacific Northwest! The book features comprehensive entries for rocks and minerals found in Washington and Oregon, from common rocks to rare finds. The easy-to-use format means you'll quickly find what you need to know and where to look, while the authors' photographs depict the detail needed for identification - no need to guess from line drawings. With this field guide in hand, identifying and collecting can be fun and informative.

A Collector S Guide To Granite Pegmatites

Author: Vandall T. King
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764335785
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Granite pegmatite crystals have long been admired by gem and mineral collectors as a source of fine specimens and gem materials. Pegmatites can host important deposits of ore minerals and industrial commodities, such as feldspar and mica. Their physical and chemical complexity presents daunting challenges to researchers who seek to better understand their nature and origins. With 209 stunning color photos and clear, authoritative text, this book provides a thorough discussion. Chapters cover pegmatite forms and distributions, interior structures, crystal, mineral, and gem pockets, and references for further study. Examples are from North America as well as worldwide.

Collector S Guide To The Feldspar Group

Author: R. J. Lauf
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764343292
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Over 100 vivid color photographs of beautiful feldspar minerals show each species in its geological context. The feldspar minerals, as a group, make up nearly sixty percent of the earth's crust. Large crystals are found at many locales worldwide, in both igneous and metamorphic rocks. Often, feldspar forms the matrix for stunning gem crystals found in pegmatites. This book explains how feldspars are formed and the complicated structural features that create fine crystals, twins, and vivid colors. After a brief introduction, the general treatment begins with an explanation of the chemistry and taxonomy of the group. A section on their formation and geochemistry explains the kinds of environments where feldspars are formed. Detailed entries for each mineral provide locality information and full-color photos so that collectors can see what good specimens look like and which minerals one might expect to find in association with them. An extensive bibliography is provided for further study.