Rocks & minerals

Chris Pellant

Book - 2021

"Unearth a treasure trove of knowledge about the rocks and minerals beneath our feet--from their formation to collecting them. Make identification easy and accurate with this compact visual guide, packed with photographs and details on formation, distinguishing features, and much more. Over 600 high-quality photographs capture the unique characteristics, colors, and attributes of more than 500 rocks and minerals. Each specimen's entry includes annotated photographs to highlight the roc...k or mineral's distinguishing features, and concise details about its texture, origin, formation, and chemical composition to help identify it. Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, the introduction explains what rocks and minerals are, how they are classified, what equipment is needed for specimen collection, and how to start and organize a collection"--

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Series
DK Smithsonian handbooks series.
Subjects
Genres
Handbooks and manuals
Published
New York, NY : DK Publishing 2021.
Edition
New American edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
256 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781465497741
1465497749
Main Author
Chris Pellant (author)
Other Authors
Helen Pellant (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Chris and Helen Pellant update the 1992 handbook Rocks and Minerals: A Photographic Guide; this newest iteration has fresh typeface, excellent use of white space, and more than 600 detailed photographs. Initial pages discuss tips for collecting specimens, notes on organizing a collection, and equipment, along with mineral composition and characteristics and rock formation basics. Mineral identification notes (listed by main chemical group), followed by information on rock identification (igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary), comprise the bulk of the book. Concise, pithy entries explore composition, formation, hardness, cleavage, fracture, color, and texture. Taylor's detailed photographs round out the work. VERDICT Beautiful and useful. A necessary addition when updating or enhancing a library's 549 section. Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Chris and Helen Pellant update the 1992 handbook Rocks and Minerals: A Photographic Guide; this newest iteration has fresh typeface, excellent use of white space, and more than 600 detailed photographs. Initial pages discuss tips for collecting specimens, notes on organizing a collection, and equipment, along with mineral composition and characteristics and rock formation basics. Mineral identification notes (listed by main chemical group), followed by information on rock identification (igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary), comprise the bulk of the book. Concise, pithy entries explore composition, formation, hardness, cleavage, fracture, color, and texture. Taylor's detailed photographs round out the work. VERDICT Beautiful and useful. A necessary addition when updating or enhancing a library's 549 section. Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Unearth a treasure trove of knowledge about the rocks and minerals beneath our feet--from their formation to collecting them. Make identification easy and accurate with this compact visual guide, packed with photographs and details on formation, distinguishing features, and much more. Over 600 high-quality photographs capture the unique characteristics, colors, and attributes of more than 500 rocks and minerals. Each specimen's entry includes annotated photographs to highlight the rock or mineral's distinguishing features, and concise details about its texture, origin, formation, and chemical composition to help identify it. Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, the introduction explains what rocks and minerals are, how they are classified, what equipment is needed for specimen collection, and how to start and organize a collection"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Unearth a treasure trove of knowledge and discover the spectacular array of rocks and minerals on Earth! Learn how to identify more than 500 rocks and minerals of the world through stunning photographs, detailed characteristics, and quick, accessible text.Inside the pages of this comprehensive book about rocks and minerals, you’ll discover:   • A clear visual key distinguishing different rocks and minerals to make identification easy and accurate    • Entries that include at-a-glance technical details, for quick reference    • Stunning photographs that show close-ups of key details and unique attributes    • Highlights of the key features of minerals: chemical group and composition, hardness, specific gravity, crystal cleavage, and fracture    • Highlights of the key features of rocks: group, origin, pressure and temperature, grain size and shape, classification, and fossilsAll you ever wanted to know about rocks and minerals - and then someFrom igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks to sparkling minerals, SI Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals leaves no stone unturned. Over 600 high-quality photographs highlight over 500 rock or mineral's distinguishing features. Explore concise details about each rock or mineral's texture, origin, formation, and chemical composition to help you with accurate identification.Discover a mine of information at your disposal! Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, this mineralogy book explains what rocks and minerals are, how they are classified, and what equipment is needed for specimen collection. It’s the ultimate gift for rock collectors - both beginners and enthusiasts, or anyone studying geology and earth sciences. Don’t stop exploring! Before you go, there are many more SI Handbooks to explore! Discover the cleanest-cut photographic field guide to over 130 gemstones from around the world in SI Handbooks: Gemstones. Learn all about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals and the world they inhabited millions of years ago in SI Handbooks: Dinosaurs.