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  • Paperback: 607 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Nov. 15 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671244175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671244170
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 11.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Connor on July 10 2004
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S&S Guide to Rocks and Minerals is a very worthwhile purchase for experienced collectors. The usual Simon and Schuster system is here, but used in an excellent way. The descriptions are the best that could ever be in a Simon and Schuster guide. The gemstones and minerals pictured are beautiful and clearly photographed. There are hundreds upon hundreds of rocks and minerals listed, which makes it one of the best companions in the field. It isn't bulky, and the correct size to carry with you on a mountain trip or archaeological dig. The rarity and value is also given, including the luster, weight, and durability of a particular rock.
The two editions released on the market today do not differ noticeably, as in every edition of a Simon and Schuster guide. The "Fireside Book" press is less complete than the newly revised edition, but not in a large way. A serious collector should purchase any edition quickly along with the Audubon Society guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VM on April 18 2003
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This book was a must have for all geology students when I started out. Everyone in first year had this book and we used it regularly right up to fourth year. It came in very handy for mineralogy, especially since we had to know 200 of the rock forming minerals. The color pictures and information about each mineral and rock (including accidentals) and the geologic environment was very helpful. This book even came in handy when we were working on a gold exploration program coring through volcanic rock. It was helpful trying to match up the pictures with the rocks we were logging. Of course I don't recommend this practise but we all did enjoy the joke in camp.
This book has also been helpful when I used to work on large scale field mapping projects or drilling programs. I still have my original copy. I definately recommend this book above all others I have seen to any rock hound, hobbist or student.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 1 1997
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This is another field guide. Its introductory section is brief; most of it is descriptive. The advantage of this guide are its text opposite its color photos, so you don't have to flip pages to match them; they are already together! Included also in the mineral part are crystal diagrams. Text includes name, formula, system, appearance, physical properties (for minerals), environment, occurrence, and uses (for rocks, components). There are 276 mineral entries and 101 rock entries. This may be the only common field guide with a good rocks section.
Excellent color photos and an easy to use index. This is useful as a field guide, and as such may be found very useful for the geology student in the field, especially as it contains both minerals and rocks. -DMM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine P. on Sept. 24 2012
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Received item 1 day earlier than expected. However, the corners of several pages are still connected because excess papers were flipped inward hidden in between the pages. We had to cut out the excess papers at the corners to open up the pages.
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By francois duveau on June 16 2014
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Very thorough and complete guide. Crystal structure and rock formation theory is complex and needs concentrated study. Many pictures to assist identification.
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By Robert on April 30 2014
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The book I ordered was not exactly what showed up. while I am being a bit picky on this as it is the correct book, the picture shown of the book is not what came, and if I had know it was the older copy I might not have purchased so Im a little irked but all in all its in decent shape and does the job. good book, lots of info and pictures.
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By Andrea on Feb. 5 2014
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I bought another book originally, that ended up being more of a children's book, this is a great adult reference book (which is what I was looking for originally)
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