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Rock and gem

Author: Ra Bonewitz; Margaret W Carruthers; Richard Efthim
Publisher: New York : DK Pub., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2nd ed.]View all editions and formats
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Provides a look at the world's diverse rocks and gems, covering more than 450 different specimens, along with detailed descriptions, identification tips, classification information, and practical advice on gem and rock collecting.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ra Bonewitz; Margaret W Carruthers; Richard Efthim
ISBN: 9780756633424 0756633427
OCLC Number: 192002964
Notes: Includes index.
"The definitive guide to rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils"--Cover.
Description: 360 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Origins. The formation of the universe ; The formation of Earth ; Earth's crust ; Collecting rocks and minerals --
Rocks. Rock formation ; Types of rock ; Igneous rocks (The Giant's Causeway ; The Devil's Tower) ; Sedimentary rocks (Caves and caverns ; The Terra-cotta Army ; The Painted Desert ; Stonehenge) ; Metamorphic rocks (The Taj Mahal) --
Minerals. What is a mineral? ; Identifying minerals ; Mineral associations ; What is a crystal? ; Crystal systems ; Crystal habits ; What is a gemstone? ; Gem mining ; Gem cutting (Megagems) ; Native elements (Egyptian gold ; Hope diamond) ; Sulfides ; Sulfosalts ; Oxides (Star stones and cat's eyes) ; Hydroxides ; Halides ; Carbonates (Russian malachite) ; Phosphates, arsenates, and vanadates (Mesoamerican turquoise) ; Borates and nitrates ; Sulfates, chromates, tungstates, and molybdates ; Silicates (Tectosilicates ; Feldspars ; Feldspathoids ; Zeolites ; Phyllosilicates ; Single-chain inosilicates ; Double-chain inosilicates ; Cyclosilicates ; Sorosilicates ; Nesosilicates ; The garnet group) ; Organic gems (The amber room) ; Cultivating pearls) --
Fossils. How fossils are formed ; The fossil record ; Plants (The Arizona Petrified Forest) ; Invertebrates ; Vertebrates (The Dinosaur Quarry).
Other Titles: Smithsonian rock and gem
DK rock and gem
Responsibility: Ronald Louis Bonewitz ; consultants, Margaret Carruthers, Richard Efthim.

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Provides a look at the world's diverse rocks and gems, covering more than 450 different specimens, along with detailed descriptions, identification tips, classification information, and practical advice on gem and rock collecting.

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