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Minerals: Identifying, Classifying and Collecting Them

 
Minerals: Identifying, Classifying and Collecting Them Minerals: Identifying, Classifying and Collecting Them by Rupert Hochleitner. A Barron's Nature Guide.

"A field guide to mineral deposits, categorized by color and degree of hardness for fast, easy identification." This book has 500 color photos of mineral specimens and over 300 illustrations. Paperback, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 240 pages. Covers fold out to feature Barron's Color Key and The Seven Crystal Systems for quick reference.


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Minerals: Identifying, Classifying and Collecting Them
Table of Contents

Learning About Minerals

8
    What Are Minerals?
10
    The Crystal Chemical Classification of Minerals
10
    The Properties of Minerals
14
    Hardness
14
    Density (Specific Gravity)
17
    Streak
19
    Color
20
    Cleavage and Fracture
22
    Optical Properties
23
    Radioactivity
24
    Fluorescence
24
    The External Appearance of Minerals
26
    Crystal Classes
26
    Crystal Systems
28
    Characteristics of Crystals
30
    Origin and Mode of Occurrence of Minerals
32
    How Do Minerals Form?
32
    Where Do Minerals Occur?
34
    Igneous Succession
34
    Sedimentary Succession
39
    Metamorphic Succession
42
    Mineral Deposits and Their Characteristic Minerals
42
    Gemstones
44
    Types of Cuts
44

Identifying Minerals

46
    Advice and Tips on Identification
48
    The Crystal Drawings
49
    Abbreviations
49
    Blue Streak
50
    Red Streak
56
    Yellow Streak
64
    Brown Streak
72
    Green Streak
86
    Black Streak
104
    White Streak
136

Collecting Minerals

212
    Finding Mineral Specimens
214
    Where Is It All Right to Collect?
214
    U.S. Sources of Information on Collection Sites
214
    Sources for Identification of Minerals
215
    Journals and E-Mail
216
    Maps
216
    Equipment
217
    Behavior at the Site
217
    Buying Minerals
217
    Trading Minerals
217
    Organizing a Mineral Collection
218
    The Systematic Collection
218
    The Specialized Collection
218
    The Regional Collection
218
    Size of the Specimens
218
    Micromounts
218
    Storing Mineral Specimens
219
    The Collector's Card Index
219
    Rock Collecting
222
    The Origin of Rocks
222
    Locating Specimens
222

Short Glossary of Mineralogical Terms

224

Index

232
    Copyright Page, Photograph Credits, Acknowledgments
237

 

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