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Smithsonian Rock and Gem

Smithsonian Rock and Gem

by Ronald Louis Bonewitz

Only $24.95
This is the book that we recommend to people who do not have formal education in geology but who are interested in learning about rocks, minerals and gems (although "mineral" is not in the title, this book contains lots of information about them).

It is a great book for reading, reference or study. It has expert and accurate authorship. It is written in a very interesting style and has lots of excellent photos.

This textbook-size (7.0" x 9.25") guidebook presents interesting facts about hundreds of different rocks, gems, minerals and fossils. Contains 360 pages with hundreds of full-color illustrations and an index - a very nice book at a bargain price. Highly recommended.

Smithsonian Rock and Gem
Table of Contents

Origins
6
    The Formation of the Universe
8
    The Formation of Earth
12
    Earth's Crust
16
    Collecting Rocks and Minerals
20
Rocks
26
    Rock Formation
28
    Types of Rock
30
    Igneous Rocks
32
        The Giant's Causeway
44
        The Devil's Tower
48
   Sedimentary Rocks
52
        Caves and Caverns
56
        The Terra-Cotta Army
62
        The Painted Desert
66
        Stonehenge
72
    Metamorphic Rocks
76
        The Taj Mahal
80
Minerals
86
    What is a Mineral?
88
    Identifying Minerals
92
    Mineral Associations
96
    What is a Crystal?
98
    Crystal Systems
100
    Crystal Habits
102
    What is a Gemstone?
104
    Gem Mining
106
    Gem Cutting
108
        Megagems
110
    Native Elements
112
        Egyptian Gold
116
        Hope Diamond
124
    Sulfides
126
    Sulfosalts
142
    Oxides
146
        Star Stones and Cat's eyes
152
        Fluorescent Minerals
160
    Hydroxides
166
    Halides
170
    Carbonates
176
        Russian Malachite
186
    Phosphates, Arsenates, and Vanadates
188
        Mesoamerican Turquoise
198
    Borates and Nitrates
204
    Sulfates, Chromates, Tungstates and Molybdates
208
    Silicates
218
        Tectosilicates
218
        Feldspars
234
        Feldspathoids
242
            The Standard of Ur
246
        Zeolites
249
        Phyllosilicates
256
        Single-Chain Inosilicates
270
        Double-Chain Inosilicates
278
            Chinese Burial Suites
282
        Cyclosilicates
286
        Sorosilicates
294
        Nesosilicates
298
        The Garnet Group
300
    Organic Gems
314
        The Amber Room
316
        Cultivating Pearls
324
Fossils
326
    How Fossils are Formed
328
    The Fossil Record
330
    Plants
332
        The Arizona Petrified Forest
334
    Invertebrates
337
    Vertebrates
348
        The Dinosaur Quarry
350
Glossary
352
Index
354
Acknowledgements
359