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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals Vinyl Bound – May 12 1979


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  • Vinyl Bound: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1979 edition (May 12 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394502698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394502694
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cory D. Slipman on Aug. 31 2002
This book is a must have for any experienced rockhound. The field guide sorts mineral specimens by color and then further subdivides them by crystal habit. The color plates are nicely photographed and direct the reader to the corresponding pages which contain all the mineralogic characteristics of the specimens. All the information a rockhound could possibly desire, including North American collecting locales is contained within.
This would not be a suitable book for a beginner in the field as the retrieval of information would not be easily done by a novice. As a long time serious collector, despite the approximately 800 pages, many popular minerals have been omitted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean North(north@sprintmail.com) on April 15 1998
This book is an amateur rockhounds must have. Having been through at least ten other titles, This one offers the most in depth, yet easy to understand information. It contains a 230 page section of photographs which are categorized by color, then by formation. Ending out this section they have included several pages containing before and after photographs of select minerals shown in the rough,then as a gem. Below each photograph is a corresponding page number to the mineral description. The mineral description section includes information on the native elements that make up each mineral, Color and Luster description, Hardness, Cleavage, Specific gravity, Crystal formation, Best field marks, Similar species, Environment in which it may be found,and where in North America they occur. For beginners who may not understand what these identifying features mean or how to go about using them, they should refer to Part 1 in the guide, A Guide To Mineral Identification. Here the authors thoroughly cover each physical property, and the way each can be used in the process of identification. Once familiar with each identifying feature, the Descriptive Key To Minerals section located directly after the photograph section will be your next stop. Using your new found knowledge about the rock or minerals physical properties is made simple in this section. This key is categorized by color. Under each color section the minerals are arranged by increasing hardness which is then broken down by quality and cleavages. Each description also includes other identifying features and a reference to the page that contains the full classification information. For the pro-amateur to expert rockhound, I would recommend The Descriptive Key to Minerals section to be their first stop.Read more ›
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Since purchasing this book, I continue to take it with me whenever I go on a geologic adventure so that I may identify some of the rocks and minerals I do not recognize. It was delivered in a timely fashion for a good price and I still enjoy using the book. This was a great purchase.
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By sway on Feb. 19 2014
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this is a very high quality product that stands by it's description and functions exactly as described. I love it
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If you're looking for a mineral guide that goes beyond illustrations of shiny pretty gems, this is the perfect book.
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