This photographic field guide is just the ticket. It is conveniently sized to fit in a backpack or back pocket, making it suitable for circulating as well as reference collections. The colorful illustrations along with production details and common usages make the coverage interesting and accessible to readers from middle-school age to adult. Chris and Helen Pellant (Fossils: A Photographic Field Guide) are avid collectors and many of the specimens in the book are their own. The authors' intention with this title is to provide information both to collectors who need a quick guide to recognizing and classifying specimens and to those laypersons who would like to identify what they find. VERDICT Students, nature photographers, and budding geologists will find this book both easy to use and highly informative.—Christine Sharbrough, Chelmsford P.L., MA [Page 129]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A field guide to identifying rocks and minerals provides information on their formation, classification, main characteristics, and economic uses and includes photographs showcasing examples from around the world.Review by Publisher Summary 2
For experts and armchair enthusiasts like, Rocks and Minerals will appeal to anyone interested in uncovering the mysteries of this subject.A general introduction is followed by a detailed exploration of the three groups of rocks: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary, including their formation and occurrence, main characteristics and economic uses. A number of examples from each category will be explored and illustrated. The second part of the book begins with an introduction to minerals, including gemstones, explaining their classification, occurrence, formation and characteristics, identification and economic uses. This is followed by accounts and images of a wide selection of examples.This is a great book for fans of nature walks and nature photography, and for collectors of rocks and gemstones.Review by Publisher Summary 3
An easy to use, highly informative guide, illustrated throughout with color photographs, covering all classifications of rocks and minerals with examples from around the world.