Collins Photo Guide - Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones (Collins Photo Guides)

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9780002199094: Collins Photo Guide - Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones (Collins Photo Guides)

A guide to the major rocks, minerals and gemstones found in Europe. It contains an introduction to the basics of mineralogy, followed by a list of the general features of a rock that can be used in its identification. It also explains how to tell the basic difference between an igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock, allowing quick reference to the major identification sections for each of these classes. In these will be found comprehensive descriptions of each rock or mineral, with details of its composition, hardness, specific gravity, colour, fracture, cleavage, streak, lustre, transparency and crystal system, as well as notes on how it is formed and where it might be found, both in the UK and in the rest of the world.

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COMPREHENSIVE, EASY TO USE, HIGHLY ILLUSTRATED

The essential guide to rocks, minerals and gemstones. The simple introduction discusses the basics of mineralogy and provides a list of general features used in the identification of rocks. This is followed by a comprehensive description of each rock and mineral, including its history, origin and structure, composition, properties, classification, and where it is found in the UK and throughout the world. The 600 stunning photographs, a unique collection amassed from around the world, are opposite the text and are reproduced at approximately life size, to aid identification.

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