National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
Perfect for mountain climbers and hikers, this valuable reference covers more rocks and minerals in North America than any other available guide. 794 full-color photographs depict all the important rocks, gems, and minerals -- in many variations of color and crystal form -- and the natural environments in which they occur; written descriptions provide information on field marks, similar rocks and minerals, environment, areas of occurrence, and derivation of names. Includes a guide to mineral collecting and a list of rock-forming minerals
A Rockhounds Handy Pocket Tool
By Jean North(firstname.lastname@example.org) - April 15, 1998
This book is an amateur rockhounds must have. Having been through at least ten other titles, This one offers the most in depth, yet easy to understand information. It contains a 230 page section of photographs which are categorized by color, then by formation. Ending out this section they have included several pages containing before and after photographs of select minerals shown in the rough,then as a gem. Below each photograph is a corresponding page number to the mineral description. The mineral description section includes information on the native elements that make up each mineral, Color and Luster description, Hardness, Cleavage, Specific gravity, Crystal formation, Best field marks, Similar species, Environment in which it may be found,and where in North America they occur. For beginners who may not understand what these identifying features mean or how to go about using them, they should refer to Part 1 in the guide, A Guide To Mineral Identification. Here the authors... read more
Beginner's Must Have
By A Customer - April 23, 2000
Did you ever find an interesting, or pretty, rock speciman and wonder what it REALLY is? Well, if you have, this book is for you! The color pictures of rough rock/mineral examples are a treasure to those of us new to rock identification. The photos are sorted by color, which makes great sense. These color plates are easy to access as the pages are black in background (as opposed to the white of regular pages) so one can flip right to the color plates. Under each photo is the name, and corresponding page number where one can find the information pertaining to the piece. Information pages have the proper names, and a multitude of information regarding the rock/mineral, including areas one is most likely to locate the speciman. The field guide also contains a short guide to mineral identification, talking about the various elements that can help one to positively identify the rock or mineral. Remember earth science? Well, if you don't have total recall, no problem. This... read more
By Cory D. Slipman - August 31, 2002
This book is a must have for any experienced rockhound. The field guide sorts mineral specimens by color and then further subdivides them by crystal habit. The color plates are nicely photographed and direct the reader to the corresponding pages which contain all the mineralogic characteristics of the specimens. All the information a rockhound could possibly desire, including North American collecting locales is contained within.This would not be a suitable book for a beginner in the field as the retrieval of information would not be easily done by a novice. As a long time serious collector, despite the approximately 800 pages, many popular minerals have been omitted.
This, the first all-photographic field guide to cover fossils found throughout North America north of Mexico, includes nearly 500 full-color photographs identifying corals, trilobites, shells, teeth, ...