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Handbook of Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones

Handbook of Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones

by Walter Schumann

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A pocket-size handbook that explains rock, mineral and gem identification along with a huge reference section with hundreds of specimen photographs. Great for the beginner or experienced person. A 5" x 7 1/2" paperback with 381 pages.

Handbook of Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones
Table of Contents

General introduction
8
MINERALS
10
THE SCIENCE OF MINERALS
11
    The history of the mineral sciences
11
    The origins and structure of minerals
12
    Properties of minerals
20
    Classification of minerals
32
ROCK-FORMING MINERALS
35
    Minerals of igneous rocks
35
        Quartz 36, feldspars 40, feldspathoids 42, micas 46, pyroxenes 48, amphiboles 52, olivine 52, apatite 54, fluorite 54, rutile 56, zeolites 58
    Minerals of sedimentary rocks
62
        Clay minerals 62, saline minerals 62, carbonate minerals 70, celestine 74, barite 74
    Minerals of metamorphic rocks
76
        Andalusite 76, sillimanite 76, staurolite 78, kyanite 78, garnet 80, zoisite 82, epidote 82, chlorite 84, talc 84, actinolite 86, serpentine 88, graphite 88, cordierite 90, wollastonite 92
ORE-FORMING MINERALS
95
    Ore deposits
96
    Minerals of precious metal ores
100
    Minerals of ferrous metal ores
104
        Ore minerals of iron 104, manganese 108, molybdenum 112, nickel 114, tungsten 116, chromium 116, cobalt 118, vanadium 120, titanium 122, tantalum 122
    Minerals of the non-ferrous metal ores
124
        Ore minerals of copper 124, lead 128, zinc 132, tin 134, bismuth 136, mercury 138, arsenic 140, antimony 144, raw material of light metals 148, radioactive minerals 150, sulphur-bearing minerals 152
MINERALS AS GEMSTONES
157
        Diamond 162, corundum 162, beryl 164, spinel 166, topaz 166, zircon 166, tourmaline 168, jadeite 168, tanzanite 170, amazonite 170, rhodonite 172, lapis lazuli 172, turquoise 172, malachite 172, amethyst 174, rose quartz 174, tiger's eye 176, chalcedony 178, opal 180, azurite 182, dioptase 182, coral 184, amber 184, pearls 184
ROCKS
186
INTRODUCTION TO PETROLOGY
187
IGNEOUS ROCKS
190
    Plutonic Rocks
195
        Families of quartzolites 198, granites 200, syenites 216, diorites / gabbros 220, peridotites 224
    Volcanic Rocks
228
        Pyroclastic rocks 232, rock glasses 236, Families of rhyolites 240, trachytes 242, andesites / basalts 244, picrites 252
    Dyke rocks
256
SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
260
    Clastic sedimentary rocks
264
        Families of psephites 266, psammites 272, pelites 276
    Chemical-biogenic sedimentary rocks
280
        Families of calcareous rocks 280, siliceous rocks 292, phosphatic rocks 294, ferriferous rocks 294, saline rocks 296, residual rocks 300, carbonaceous rocks 300
METAMORPHIC ROCKS
304
        Families of gneisses 308, schists 312, felses 318
METEORITES
330
STONES FROM OUTER SPACE
331
        Impact rocks 331, iron meteorites 332, stony meteorites, stony-iron meteorites 332, tektites 334, fulgurites 334
APPENDIX
336
    Hints for collectors
336
    Table of chemical elements
337
    Selection of British Standard and ASTM regulations on natural stone
338
    Geological column
339
    Bibliography
340
    Mineral determinative tables
342
    Aids to the identification of rocks
366
    Index
371