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Simon and Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals

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    Edited by Martin Prinz

    Paperback, 607 pages

    Dimensions (inches): 7.5 x 4.6 x 1.2

    Published by Simon & Schuster on October 1, 1978

    Publisher’s Synopsis: Practical, concise, and easy to use, this guide contains everything that the rock and mineral enthusiast needs to know. This field guide is divided into two large sections - one devoted to minerals and one to rocks, each prefaced by a comprehensive introduction that discusses formation, chemistry, and more. All 377 entries, including 276 minerals, beautifully illustrated with color photographs and helpful visual symbols, provide descriptions and practical information about appearance, classification, rarity, crystal formation, mode of occurrence, gravity of mineral, rock chemistry, modal classification fields, formation environments, grain sizes of rocks, and much more. For serious collectors or information-seeking amateurs.

    Our Review:

    It is well organized - by chemical classification, and with photos across from the mineral narrative.  Notable in this book is its comprehensive discussion on Crystal systems, accompanied by detailed illustrations.  Written from Italy, the mineral locales tend to have a bias toward Europe.  A very good field guide overall.

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