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Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals


An introduction to minerals with photos and descriptions designed to aid you in field or at-home study. A comprehensive reference with hundreds of photos. Durable plastic covers. 4" x 7 3/4", 856 pages.

Field Guide to Rocks and MineralsTable of Contents

Introduction13
How to Use This Guide19
Part I: Minerals
A Guide to Mineral Identification25
Visual Key to Minerals47
Color Plates52
Green, 1-84
Blue, 85-132
Violet to Pink, 133-174
Red, 175-222
Brown, 223-288
Orange, 289-300
Yellow, 301-354
Colorless, 355-396
White, 397-474
Gray, 475-504
Black, 505-540
Multicolored or Banded, 541-558
Metallic, 559-654
Gemstones, 655-702263
Descriptive Key to Minerals281
The Common Minerals of North America343
Native Elements345
Sulfides, Arsenides and Tellurides357
Sulfosalts383
Simple Oxides393
Hydroxides407
Multiple Oxides415
Halides425
Carbonates431
Borates447
Sulfates453
Chromates469
Phosphates, Arsenates, and Vanadates471
Vanadium Oxysalts493
Molybdates and Tungstates495
Silicates501
Part II: Rocks
A Guide to Rock Identification597
Visual Key to Rocks615
Key to Rock Classes618
Color Plates634
Igneous - Volcanic Rocks, 703-722
Igneous - Plutonic Rocks, 723-746
Sedimentary Rocks, 747-766
Metamorphic Rocks, 767-794
The Common Rocks of North America681
Igneous - Volcanic Rocks683
Igneous - Plutonic Rocks693
Sedimentary Rocks713
Metamorphic Rocks731
Part III: Mineral Collecting
Tools and Techniques for Collectors753
Mineral Environments and Associations759
Part IV: Appendices
Glossary785
Bibliography799
Rock-Forming Minerals803
The Chemical Elements805
Localities809
Picture Credits827
Index831