Guide to minerals, rocks & fossils

A. C. Bishop

Book - 2005

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Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books 2005.
1st Firefly Books Ltd. ed
Item Description
"An authoritative and practical identification guide to minerals, rocks and fossils"--Cover.
"Originally published as: Cambridge guide to minerals, rocks and fossils"--T.p. verso.
"Previously published in Great Britain as the Hamlyn Guide: minerals, rocks and fossils"--T.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
A. C. Bishop (-)
Other Authors
William Roger Hamilton (-), Alan Robert Woolley
Review by Choice Reviews

Minerals, rocks, and fossils are described, illustrated, explained, and related to their natural environment in this splendid compact volume. Since the earlier edition (Cambridge Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils, CH, Jul'00, 37-6285), many new color plates have been added, color reproduction has been improved, and sketches have been added to accompany individual mineral and rock descriptions and to explain textural, structural, and geologic relationships. Mineral formulae and structural information are updated according to international standards. The chapter on meteorites and tektites is updated and expanded. The great advances in geological sciences during the last 25 years are incorporated in the book. Consistent throughout are highest quality photographs of the individual rock, mineral, and fossil types, together with accompanying highly instructive and simple drawings that reveal the noteworthy features of each. As a most useful field guide for explorers or as a straightforward, beautifully illustrated and written general reference, this book is unparalleled. Summing Up: Essential. All levels. Copyright 2005 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A guide to more than six hundred specimens includes detailed descriptions and illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This updated identification guide incorporates advances in the geological sciences and nomenclature since its 1999 publication as Cambridge Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils (Cambridge U. Press). Well-illustrated entries on minerals and rocks include details on their distinguishing features, properties, field occurrence, and safe collecting. Information on how fossils are formed and why they are studied introduce representative types. The reference includes a geological timescale and further reading. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Illustrated, descriptive guide to minerals, rocks and fossils from all over the world.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A detailed and extensively illustrated handbook. The colors, shapes and properties of minerals vary from the bland to the magnificent. Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils is a practical and authoritative handbook that is both comprehensive and easy to use. Each of the 600 specimens is shown in full color, sometimes in two or more forms. There are also drawings that show the structure of the crystalline specimens. It covers the basics like granite, as well as oddities like meteorites and tektites. Fossils include sponges, corals, arthropods, brachiopods, and fossil land plants. Each is described in detail, with notes on:color and transparency grain size hardness structure occurrence mineralogy distinguishing features habit cleavage texture alteration luster Mineral names, chemical formulae and structural data accord to international standards. This is a very complete, but attractive and useful volume in a respected series.