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Minerals of the World


Information on over 500 minerals, complete with detailed color photographs, crystallographic diagrams, physical and chemical properties, and much more. This book is a 5 3/4" x 8" paperback with 439 pages.

Minerals of the World - Princeton Field GuidesTable of Contents

PART I: MINERALOGY AND CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
What is a Mineral?11
Mineral names15
Crystallography18
Crystal geometry19
The cubic system26
The tetragonal system31
The hexagonal system34
The trigonal system37
The orthorhombic system41
The monoclinic system43
The triclinic system45
Formation and growth of crystals46
The chemical properties of crystals54
The physical properties of crystals60
The optical properties of crystals65
PART II: MINERAL DESCRIPTIONS
Native elements77
Sulphides93
Halides129
Oxides and hydroxides145
Carbonates, nitrates, and borates183
Sulphates, chromates, molybdates, and tungstates209
Phosphates, arsenates, and vanadates227
Silicates249
Nesosilicates253
Sorosilicates275
Cyclosilicates287
Inosilicates299
Phyllosilicates331
Tectosilicates354
Organic minerals395
PART III: TABLES
Common minerals and their properties397
Table 1. Minerals with metallic or submetallic lustre398
Table 2. Minerals with non-metallic lustre402
The Periodic Table of the Elements421
Symbols and atomic numbers of selected elements422
Glossary423
Index429